Mangaluru civic body may suspend 2 builder’s licences for failing to take anti-malaria measures

MANGALURU: Town planning section of Mangaluru City Corporation may suspend the construction licences of two builders in the city for failing to take anti-malaria measures. This follows the directions given by Kavita Sanil, chairperson of the standing committee for public health, education and social justice of the civic body following spot inspection of the sites on Wednesday. The building owners were also slapped with a fine of Rs 15,000 each for failing to adhere to the norms.

Kavita told reporters that malaria causing larvae were found at the top floor of S L Heights building in Derebail and first floor and basement of a commercial complex of Coral Constructions building near the State Bank of India main branch bus terminus. “We have issued five notices to the licence holder of S L Heights building in the past and had also imposed a fine of Rs 15,000 on two occasions last year. The building site owners apparently have not learnt their lesson,” she said.

The licence holder of the building near SBI main branch bus terminus too, was served with a notice earlier. Larvae was breeding rampantly in water that had stagnated on ground floor and basement of the building during the inspection that Kavita carried out with officials from health and town planning. She directed the site in-charge to clean the floors. “The licences will be restored after the builders complies with instructions and inspection by the health officials,” she said.

Ever since Kavita took charge in March last, health section has issued 152 notices to different builders for not taking anti-malaria measures during construction stages of the building. The civic body imposed a penalty of Rs.15,000 each in 42 cases. A total of Rs.3.80 lakh has been imposed as penalty on builders for not taking anti-malaria measures last year and Rs.1.80 lakh was collected. “We will deduct the balance from licence fee deposited by builders with us,” she said.

Credits ET Realty

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