Mumbai, Mar 23: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) minister Ram Kadam on Friday issued a clarification on 3 lakh 19 thousand rats killed in seven days claims saying that 3,19,400 is the number of tablets used for killing the rats and not the number of rats. “3,19,400 rats is the number of rat killing tablets and not the number of rats. There’s no machine to count the number of rats. People assumed that 45,000 rats were killed every day, this is false,” he said. Also Read - Coronavirus in Maharashtra: With 114 New Cases, State Police's Tally Reaches 2,325
Senior BJP leader and former Maharashtra minister Eknath Khadse on Friday demanded an inquiry into Maharashtra secretariat’s rodent killing contract given to a company which killed 3 lakh rats in just seven days. “Only inquiry will reveal truth. Documents I have with me mentions ‘eradication of rats’ not ‘control of rats’. Tender was for eradicating rats. An inquiry will reveal how many rats were eradicated,” he said, news agency ANI reported. Also Read - Coronavirus in Maharashtra: Taking 4th Place on Global Charts, Mumbai COVID-19 Cases Rise by 1,437 on Friday
The issue was brought to light by Khadse during a discussion on Budgetary demands. Expressing doubt on the company’s claims of killing a total of 3 lakh 19 thousand rats in mere seven days, Khadse had said the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had taken two years to kill six lakh rats in the city. Also Read - 'Recovery Rate at 42.89%,' Says Govt as India Climbs to 9th Position in Global COVID-19 Tally
Speaking at the Legislative Assembly on Thursday, Khadse said, “A survey found there were 3,19,400 rats in Mantralaya,” Eknath Khadse said, PTI reported. “A work order was issued by the General Administration Department. The company was given six months, but it claimed to have killed them in just seven days,” he said, adding that this means the company killed 45,628.57 rats a day. “Those 0.57 must be the newborn ones,” he said.
“How could the company which was given the contract to kill 3,19,400 rats in Mantralaya accomplish the task in a mere seven days?” he asked. “It also means the company killed 31.68 rats every minute. Their weight was around 9,125.71 kg and every day one truck was required to take dead rats out of Mantralaya. But it is not known where they were disposed of,” Eknath Khadse further added.