Peeing, spitting and littering on roads will invite a fine of Rs 500 from Friday.
The Lucknow Municipal Corporation passed a bill pertaining to imposing fine on those making the city dirty through voice vote. As per the new law, those burning garbage would also be fined to the tune of Rs 500.
The new bill gives authority to LMC health and sanitation inspectors to realize fine from erring residents on the spot. The move, experts feel, will deter people from making the city dirty.
“Even those who care a hoot to civic rules will think twice now as the fine amount is hefty,” said an official.
In the past, LMC officials used to issue challans. However, the meagre fine of Rs 50 was not acting as a deterrent for residents who were issued challans.
On March 22, the executive committee of LMC had passed a proposal to impose fine of Rs 500 on the spot on residents responsible for choking drains, spreading filth, urinating or spitting at public places. Even people defecating in the open would have to pay fine of Rs 500.
Mayor Dinesh Sharma said the draft had been prepared on the lines of the Act, which is in place in Maharashtra and where the penalty is Rs 1,000. “However, here in view of the requests by corporators, the amount of penalty has been fixed at Rs 500,” he said.
Sharma said: “Prime minister Modi is keen on Swacch Bharat Mission, he wants to see India free from litter as a tribute to the father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi.
According to Solid Waste Management Regulation 2007, the Municipal Corporation has the power to impose a penalty on those found responsible for dirtying public places. The LMC has the power to slap 24 types of financial penalties against offenders, according to the 2007 regulation.”