GHMC’s drone spraying to curb mosquito menace yields results

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Drone Spraying at Malkam Cheruvu

Hyderabad: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation’s (GHMC) pilot project of spraying bio-enzymes using drones to contain the spread of water hyacinth and curbing mosquito menace in Miyapur lake and Malkam Cheruvu, Raidurgam has been successfully completed.

The civic body used custom-made 10-litre capacity drones for spraying the herbal herbicide, including neem, citrodora and cow dung. The drone was used in spraying the bio-enzyme at six litres per acre and the exercise to cover one acre took about 10 minutes.

Generally, it takes anywhere between two weeks to one month to complete the exercise manually and requires deploying nearly 20 to 25 workers to cover an entire lake area.

The GHMC officials said that the use of drones helped save time and manpower besides being cost effective. The civic body in association with MARUT, a Hyderabad-based company involved in drones, took the pilot project in both the lakes and they were completed successfully.

GHMC Commissioner M Dana Kishore on Thursday witnessed the exercise at Malkam cheruvu.

The drone was flown over Malkamchervu which is spread over 40 acres. The lake was almost completely covered with hyacinths and mosquito infestations. The drone released up to 112 litres of the bio-enzyme spray over the course of just one day, covering the entire lake area.

The pilot initiative at Miyapur lake has been successful with the residents around the area noticing a difference immediately. About 60 per cent reduction in mosquito larva was noticed in the area, said Prem Kumar Vislawath, founder and CEO, MARUT Drones.

“On Friday evening, we will be taking up the bio-enzyme spraying exercise at Musi River,” he added.