If you have people who litter in your area, you can now directly file a complaint with a special metropolitan magistrate through a phone call.
In its bid to bring down littering and reckless dumping of garbage, the special metropolitan magistrates appointed in the municipal corporations will now be available round the clock. The special magistrates can on the spot, increase the value of the challan up to Rs 5,000.
Sources said while the move has been implemented by the North Delhi Municipal Corporation, it will soon be replicated by the East and South DMC.
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“The corporations with their limited staff can’t ensure round the clock check. The residents will also be able to register their complaints 24X7 if they find anyone throwing garbage on the streets or indulging in unsanitary practices,” said a senior municipal official.
Civic officials said apart from receiving and addressing complaints, the magistrates will carry out surprise checks to ensure complaints are being redressed.
Currently, the municipal sanitation inspectors issue challans and notices, which are payable and heard at special municipal courts in every zone of the municipal corporation. However, now the magistrate will also issue challans on the spot.
As per an estimate 85% of all garbage which reaches the landfill sites is lifted from streets. An affidavit submitted by the municipal corporations in the Delhi high court had said that the civic bodies had fined merely 6,000 people for littering in 2014.
Sources add that while the first time offenders may face challans under various sections to the tune of `500, repeat and those found causing harm to the environment can be fined to the tune of Rs 5,000 daily.
“Currently, throwing garbage on the streets or spitting can result in a fine of `50. However, magistrates will have the powers to issue challans under various sections of the Delhi Municipal Corporation (DMC) Act, hence increasing the fines,” said an official.
The magistrates will have the power to issue challans based on six sanitation related sections of the DMC Act, which will be based on factors such as the quantity of litter, type of litter or and place of littering.