PUNE: Savitribai Phule Pune University to undergo a massive clean up drive in the campus to eliminate mosquito menace. The 411 acre sprawling campus, with many areas completely occupied by flora and other places where construction activity is going on, tends to have stagnant water which leads to mosquito breeding. The cleanliness campaign will be started on Tuesday and will continue till November 26.

A meeting regarding the same was held between Pune Municipal Corporation representatives and SPPU officials, Swacch representatives and student representatives on Monday. Post the meeting, registrar of SPPU Prafulla Pawar said, “Dengue cases are increasing in the city. We do not want the cases to come up in SPPU and hence as a precautionary measure, we are going ahead with this cleanliness drive.”

Entire staff, students, residents of the university will be involved in the cleanliness drive. They will be divided into 25 groups who will survey the entire campus and map the problematic areas that need special attention. A competition will be organised between three groups-academic, administrative and residential, on the basis of cleanliness.

Among the many initiatives by SPPU that will be undergone in the coming days are anti-larvae spray, fogging, weed removal, removing stagnant water, cleanliness of drains and covering them, releasing guppy fishes in water bodies to kill mosquito eggs, disposing off scrap and other material from rooftops and other areas, disposing off waste paper and other material, having street plays on cleanliness, and observing water-less day in all buildings.



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