The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) has failed to implement its order of penalising every shopkeeper who does not put two garbage bins outside their shops and commercial establishments.
On January 18, MCG commissioner Vikas Gupta and joint commissioner YS Gupta had decided to levy a penalty of Rs. 500 on offenders. They said that they would enforce the provision after 10 days of issuing the order.
The move aims at maintaining cleanliness in market places.
“We will see that the order is implemented properly. Teams will be formed to check if there is any violation. Every shopkeeper has to place two dustbins in public view. We will start enforcing this provision in 10 days. The inspecting officers from the corporation can also prosecute violators on the spot,” said Vikas Gupta, the MCG commissioner.
A provision in Annexure A of the Haryana Municipal Corporation Act 1994 gives a right to penalise shops without dustbins outside their businesses.
Subhash Mittal, general secretary, Sushant Vyapar Kendra traders association, said while there are many shopkeepers who have already placed dustbins outside their shops, a few are yet to comply with the order.
“There should be strict enforcement of the Act. The MCG officials did not come to check if dustbins have been placed by shopkeepers or not. They should regularly check markets and impose a fine on erring shopkeepers,” said Mittal.
Meanwhile, MCG joint commissioner YS Gupta said that they would first spread awareness on the provision of penalty for not placing dustbins outside establishments and then start imposing the fine. “It is the first time that we will be imposing such a fine on shopkeepers and many people do not know about it. At present, we are spreading awareness,” he said.