The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Entomology wing is initiating measures to monitor fogging and Anti larval Operations (ALO) using modern technology.

To this effect, GPS tracking systems have been installed in 74 fogging machines to track their locations and area of operations. As per rules, each fogging machine should be utilised to spray disinfectants covering 9,500 km in a week. Since monitoring these operations manually being cumbersome process, the entomology wing installed GPS tracking systems in the machines.

Accordingly, officials can now track the location of each machine and the area covered by it on real time basis. The entire data will be synchronised with a dashboard and officials can also keep track of the utility of the fogging machine through their mobiles.

At present, three drones are operational for spraying of Pyrosine oils in different lakes. Another 11 drones are being arranged and out of the 2,412 workers in the Entomology section, 1,919 have been deployed for taking up ALO and 342 for fogging operations.

A total of 125 units were formed for taking up ALO and fogging operations, with each unit comprising 19 members. They cover over one lakh houses a day, officials said.

Meanwhile, as a means to create awareness among citizens on the need to control mosquito menace in the city, a specially designed mosquito mascot has been set up at the GHMC office.

Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao has already launched a special campaign for a 10-minute sanitation drive at households every Sunday to encourage citizens clear stagnated water in their homes and to clear all mosquito breeding sources.

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