Mosquito breeding: BMC issues notice to Shahid Kapoor

After Bollywood actress Vidya Balan was struck by dengue, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has served notice to actor Shahid Kapoor after a mosquito breeding ground was found at his flat in a posh Juhu society on Friday.

A day after it was reported that Vidya Balan was diagonsed with dengue, the vigilant officers from the health department inspected the building in Juhu, on Friday morning, where both the actors live.

On inspection, no breeding sites were found in Balan’s residence but two sites were found in a flat on the fourth floor and in Kapoor’s swimming pool.

“In a flat on the fourth floor, we found a petridish for plants and a tarpaulin on the terrace and an unused swimming pool in Kapoor’s flat were found to be mosquito breeding spots. We have served notices to both of them,” said Rajan Naringrekar, the insecticide officer of the civic body.

"We visited the building on Friday and found one breeding area at the ground floor where Shahid Kapoor lives. The other was found at the top floor of the building, which is just above Balan's flat. We have issued notice to that resident, too," said an officer from the BMC's epidemiology department.

"We will take appropriate steps against both residents. They have been issued notices and now the magistrate court will prescribe a fine," said the officer.

Balan was diagnosed with dengue soon after she returned from the ‘Kahaani 2’ shoot in the US. Earlier this year, Balan and her husband Siddharth Roy Kapur had bought the sea-facing flat for a whopping price Rs 14 crore.

A spokesperson for Shahid Kapoor said, "Shahid is concerned about the findings of BMC in his building and in the locality, especially so with a newborn in his house. He is also grateful to the BMC for the checks conducted in the locality, which is vulnerable during the rainy season and because of its proximity to the sea." He did not say anything about the breeding ground being found at his house.

ELISA testing facility at Cooper Hospital in Vile Parle, Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar and Babasaheb Ambedkar Municipal General Hospital
in Kandivli, will be functioning from the coming week.

“Currently, ELISA testing facilities are available at Kasturba, Nair, Sion and KEM hospitals. We have decided to depute staff at all the three hospitals to cover the population in the western and eastern suburbs,” said additional municipal commissioner Idzes Kundan.