Taking strict note of dumping of construction debris in the city, judicial magistrate Pamelpreet Grewal has held four persons guilty of violating bylaws and imposed a fine of Rs 500 on each individual.
All the four have been convicted of throwing malba, garbage and waste material in public places.
They 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 IPC 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.
On December 17, the court convicted Paras Arora, a resident of Sector 50, Rahib Sachdeva, a resident of Sector 34, Ajay Kumar Verma, a resident of Sector 35, and Mohit Jain, a resident of Sector 41-D Chandigarh.
MC joint commissioner Rajeev Gupta said, “To make the city litter-free, we had started sending challans to court to get the violators punished. Sanitation bylaws state that it is the responsibility of all residents to ensure that 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.”
Counsel for the civic body advocate Arvind Moudgil, said: “Since February 2013, the municipal corporation has started forwarding the challans, issued against those violating the bylaws, to the court. Till date, the MC has forwarded about 600 challans to the court. Around 20 have been convicted for littering.”
“Courts are taking a serious note. Convicts are being punished for violating bylaws and failing to pay penalties after being challaned.”
Past incidents in 2014
November: The court convicted Anurag, a resident of Sector 27; Shri Ram, a resident of Sector 23; and Harjit Singh, a resident of Phase 5, SAS Nagar of littering.
August: The court convicted SN Bansal, a Manimajra resident, for wasting water and Pankaj, a resident of Mauli Complex for selling fish and meat without license.
July: Five people were convicted by local courts for various violations. Salim Ahmed, a Manimajra resident; BL Ludhra, resident of Sector 15, and Salahuddin Khan, a Sector 9 resident were convicted of wasting water in separate cases. Raju, a resident of Sector 17, was convicted of dumping garbage near his tea stall; Raman, a Sector 21 resident, was convicted of dumping construction debris.