Tolichowki to eliminate mosquitoes via hyacinth-clearing action

Hyderabad: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has cleared the Langer House Lake of growing hyacinths, which was a major cause of mosquitoes breeding in its waters.

The lake-clearing work took about a year to complete. With their bare hands, personnel of GHMC’s entomology wing worked at the lake for months together to collect leaves floating on the water.

Subsequently, the municipal corporation also deployed a mechanical floating trash collector that cleared the lake of waste in two weeks.

Speaking to, Khairatabad Zonal Commissioner, Musharraf Ali Farooqi, said, “GHMC was able to halt hyacinth growth in the lake due to the use of the floating trash collector. He added, “We will soon clear hyacinth floating on Shah Hatim Talab too in Tolichowki, another mosquito breeding spot.”

Rains provide ideal conditions for mosquito populations to proliferate. The Tolichowki area is particularly prone to the menace because there are many lakes in the surrounding areas, including the Langer House Lake. Clearing the hyacinth will reduce the growth of mosquitoes to a great extent,” a GHMC entomologist said.

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For now, areas like Tolichowki, Golconda, Langer House and Company Bagh are ridden with a large number of mosquitoes. Things will ease as soon as the hyacinth is cleared from the lakes.

The entomology wing is also planning to utilize thermal fogging to eliminate mosquitoes.

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