NASA's All-OUT Mosquito Killer:p
Civic body to purchase seven machines, hold demonstration for corporators
MUMBAI: In a bid to bring down the cases of malaria in the city, the civic body now plans to use the technology developed by the scientists from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) to kill mosquitoes.
The proposal to use the mosquito-killing system was cleared by the civic standing committee on Wednesday.
Based on the recommendation of the National Institute of Malaria Research, seven machines would be brought into the city over the next few weeks.
The city had reported 41 cases of malaria in 2012. The machine, developed with the technical support from Nasa scientists, costs Rs1.25 lakh each. Working on the principle of heat, it produces carbon dioxide to attract mosquitoes. The mosquitoes get trapped inside a grid, and are then killed using electric charge. The system is eco-friendly and does not use chemicals.
Rahul Shewale, chairperson, civic standing committee, said, “We plan to purchase seven machines, one for each zone. Since the system is being launched in the city, we will conduct a special demonstration for our corporators.”
A budget of Rs9.84 lakh has been allotted for the purchase of the machines, which have a life span of approximately seven years.
“With the new system, we hope to bring down the cases of malaria in the city,” said Shewale.
The system will be used along with the civic body’s existing five-point programme to tackle the rising cases of malaria.
Committee members, however, want a presentation before the machines are brought to the city. “We need to understand the working of the machine. We need a presentation on the system first,” said Maharashtra Navnirman Sena corporator and standing committee member Sandeep Deshpande.