You could be fined up to Rs. 5,000 if you are caught littering Delhi’s streets. As the government kick-starts its Swachch Bharat Mission on Thursday, the focus will not only be on cleaning the city but on punishing violators as well.
On Thursday, all Delhi government and other offices will be functional and employees will take oath inside their offices while watching Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s oath on television. Soon after, all government officials will clean their office premises and common areas. A few district offices have decided to visit slums in their jurisdiction and carry out a cleaning drive.
Municipal magistrates have been especially designated for fining those found littering. The three municipal corporations will also carry out inspection of the cleanliness work undertaken on Thursday.
Vendors and hawkers in commercial areas across the city will also face a crackdown as they have been found to be a major source of the city’s dirty condition.
The Delhi Police will also conduct a cleanliness drive and has asked every unit to provide photographic proof of the same. A number of competitions are also being held wherein well maintained colonies, ration shops and coffee homes will be awarded by the government.
The traffic police will contribute to the mission by clearing the city’s roads of cars parked in illegal and unauthorised parking spots.
“The best way to contribute towards making the city a clean and congestion free place is to get rid of the practice of parking our vehicles anywhere we find space.
Curbing this will lead to controlling the jams in the roads considerably,” said Muktesh Chander, special commissioner of police (traffic). Each traffic circle deployed traffic officials along with cranes to patrol areas like Connaught Place, Kamla Market, Vikas Marg, Aurobondo Marg, Karol Bagh, Sarojini Nagar and Lajpat Nagar. Over 3,631 vehicles were towed and several other vehicles were cleared from the unauthorised parking spaces in a day.