Taking the residents to task for dumping garbage and construction debris in the city, judicial magistrate Pradeep Synghal held three persons guilty of violating bylaws and imposed a fine of `500 each.
On November 21, convicts Anurag, resident of Sector 27; Shri Ram, resident of Sector 23; and Harjit Singh, resident of Phase 5, SAS Nagar; were prosecuted under Sections 65 (limit to imprisonment for non-payment of fine, when imprisonment and fine awardable), 66 (description of imprisonment for non-payment of fine ) and 67 (imprisonment for non-payment of fine, when offence punishable with fine only) of the Indian Penal Code and Section 400 of The Punjab Municipal Corporation Act, 1976, as extended to Chandigarh by virtue of the Punjab Municipal Corporation Law Act, 1994, and to be read with Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (sanitation and public health) Bylaws 1999, and Chandigarh Registration of Pet Dog Bylaws 2010.
MC commissioner Rajeev Gupta said, “We will not tolerate littering. Sanitation bylaws state that it is the responsibility of all residents to ensure that their garbage is disposed of properly. Even if a resident has employed somebody else to dump the garbage or construction debris, it is his/her duty to ensure that it is disposed of properly.”
Commenting on the case, advocate Arvind Moudgil, counsel for the civic body, said: “Since February 2013, the municipal corporation has started forwarding the challans, issued against those violating the bylaws, to the court to ensure strict action against defaulters. Till date, the MC has forwarded about 600 challans to the court. About 15 persons have been convicted for littering.”
He added: “Courts are taking a serious note of violations in the city. Convicts are being severely punished for violating bylaws and failing to pay penalties after being challaned.”