To make Bhind open defecation-free as part of the implementation of Swachh Bharat Mission, the city municipality has on Monday announced that strict action would taken against people having open lavatories in their houses.
FIRs would be lodged against people failing to install septic tanks in their houses within two months, Bhind sub-divisional magistrate and in-charge chief municipal officer, BB Agnihotri, told HT.
“On the directives of collector Illaiya Raja T a survey is being conducted to gather information on houses having lavatories, but no septic tanks. FIRs would be lodged against owners of such houses under relevant sections of the CrPC,” he said.
The municipality has also decided to impose fines on residents who fail to comply with the directives. The civic body will issue notices to residents in the matter from Tuesday.
The announcement comes close on the heels of a Union urban development ministry survey that declared Bhind to be the second dirtiest town in the country. Poor sewage system was one of the main points in the survey.
According to municipal record, out of the total 45,000 houses in Bhind city, sewer lines of at least 40% connect directly to the main sewage system sans septic tanks, which are a major source of filth on the city roads.
The sewage system in Purani Basti, Bankhandeshwar Mandir, Pustak Bazar, Batasha Bazar, Sadar Bazar,Gandhi Market and Khanda Road of the city was laid at least 66 year ago. A sewer treatment plant was installed near the SAF ground, but after the pipeline was damaged the municipality did not fix it, residents said.
A Union urban development ministry survey last year declared Bhind to be the second dirtiest town in the country.
Out of the total 45,000 houses in Bhind city, sewer lines of at least 40% connect directly to the main sewage system sans septic tanks, which are a major source of filth on the city roads.