PREVENTION OF MOSQUITO BREEDING ACT

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Prohibition against creating conditions favourable to the breeding of mosquitoes.

3. Owner or occupier to be directed to be directed to take certain measures.

4. Failure to comply with requirements imposed by sections 2 or 3 to be an offence.

5. Competent Authority to carry out work or measures.

6. Recovery of expenses incurred as cost under section 5.

7. Spraying of pesticides.

8. Resisting or obstructing Competent Authority.

9. Lessening the efficiency of any measures adopted.

10. Co-owners and co-occupiers to be liable severally.

11. Protection for an act or omission done or purported to be done in good faith.

12. Directions to be issued to local authorities who fail to maintain drains, canals which they are required to maintain.

13. Power of entry and inspection.

14. Competent Authority and delegation by the Competent Authority.

15. Offences to be cognisable offences.

16. Prosecutions under this Act to require sanction.

17. Prosecution procedure.

18. Competent Authority etc, to be peace officers.

19. Service of notices.

20. Act to bind the Republic etc.

21. Protection for action taken under this Act.

22. Offences committed by a body of persons.

23. Regulations.

24. Sinhala text to prevail in case of inconsistency.

25. Interpretation.

11 of 2007.

AN ACT to provide for the Prevention of Mosquito Breeding; for the eradication of places of mosquito breeding and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 11th April, 2007]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Prevention of Mosquito Breeding Act.

2. Prohibition against creating conditions favourable to the breeding of mosquitoes.

For the purpose of ensuring the prevention and eradication of all mosquito borne diseases, it shall be the duty of every owner or occupier of any premises to cause—

(a) open tins, bottles, boxes, coconut shells, split coconuts, tyres or any other article or receptacle found in or within such premises, capable of holding water, to be removed, destroyed or otherwise effectively disposed of;

(b) gutters, down-pipes and drains to be cleared of all obstructions, so as to allow a smooth flow of water;

(c) cisterns, tanks, air conditioners and other receptacles for water to be maintained in good repair, closed and covered so as to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes;

(d) any well found in the premises and its surroundings to be maintained and kept in good repair so as to make it mosquito-proof and thereby prevent the breeding of mosquitoes;

(e) any artificial pond or pool found in such premises to be emptied at least once in every week;

(f) any casual collection of water within the premises which is conducive to mosquito breeding, to be regularly drained;

(g) shrubs, undergrowth and all other types of vegetation, other than those grown for the purpose of food or those which are ornamental, found within or outside any building or structure within the premises used as a dwelling place which has become a breeding place for mosquitoes, to be removed;

(h) the removal and destruction of the water plants having the botanical name "Pistia Stratiotes” and commonly known as "Diya Parandal”, "Kondepasei”, "Telpassy”, "Barawa-Pasi”, "Nanayaviraddi” and of any other water plant, or plants, found within the premises, which may facilitate the breeding of mosquitoes;

(i) the prevention of the spread of any water plant referred to in paragraph (h) by the erection of suitable barriers where necessary, having obtained the approval of any relevant authority, which will stop such plant from floating along any water-course; and

(j) the elimination or the prevention of any other condition favourable to the breeding of mosquitoes, in or within the premises.

3. Owner or occupier to be directed to be directed to take certain measures.

(1) Where it appears to the Competent Authority that any premises or anything kept or maintained therein has become favourable to the breeding of mosquitoes, the Competent Authority may by written Notice require the owner or occupier of such premises, to adopt or take any one or more of the following measures within the time specified in such Notice—

(a) the repair of all gutters, down-pipes and drains of any building found in that premises;

(b) the construction or reconstruction of any cistern, tank or artificial pond found in the premises in such manner so as to make it capable of being emptied periodically;

(c) to temporarily drain and clear any cistern, tank or pond found in the premises and the closing thereof when it is no longer being used by the owner or occupier of the premises;

(d) to maintain any well found in the premises in such condition so as to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes;

(e) to fill-up, drain or treat with larvicide, any excavation, disused well, cesspit, pond or any other place where water is capable of being collected and stagnated;

(f) to fill up pits and low lying areas found within the premises;

(g) to fill-up or drain or treat once a week with larvicide, swamps and water courses and water logged area as found in the premises;

(h) remove, uproot and destroy water plants having the botanical name "Pistia Stratiotes” and commonly known as "DiyaParandal”, "Kondepasei”, "Barawa Pasei”, or "Nanayaviraddi” "Telpassy”, or of any other water plant or plants which may be found to afford breeding conditions to mosquitoes;

(i) prevent the spread of any water plant referred to in paragraph (h), by the erection of suitable barriers which will stop such plant from floating along any
water-course; and

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