The next time you wash your car on the road outside your house or office, watch out. The Gurgaon administration has decided book such people on charges of damaging the road —a public property —under the Prevention of Damage to Property Act. The offence, by the way, is a non bailable.
Gurgaon district magistrate (DM) Rakesh Gupta took the decision during a meeting of various departments on Monday. The meeting was called to review the condition of the city's roads. Local MLA Dharambir Gaba and president of the Gurgaon Municipal Council Ravinder Kataria said the condition of roads in Gurgaon was pathetic.
At this, officials of HUDA, PWD and the municipal committee said washing of vehicles on the roads caused accumulation of water and resulted in potholes. The Gurgaon DM said that from now on, people found washing their vehicles on the road would be prosecuted in the court of law for damaging public property.
"The roads are public property and the people have no right to damage them. People have no right to wash their vehicles on the roads. It results not only in wastage of precious water, the accumulation also damages the roads. Those found guilty of washing cars on the road would be booked under the Prevention of Damage to Property Act," the DM said.
The DM directed officials to ask their field staff to take photographs of people washing their vehicles on the roads and booked them under the Act. Gupta also asked the officials to get all the city roads repaired in 10 days.