Jaipur Municipal Corporation set to impose fine on people defecating in the open
JMC has decided to launch a campaign under which people will be initially persuaded to use toilets and if they do not pay heed, they will be penalised.jaipur Updated: Oct 04, 2017 19:54 IST
Jaipur has been declared open defecation free (ODF), but people still can be seen defecating in the open, especially in the slum areas. Keeping this in view, the Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) has decided to launch a campaign under which initially people will be persuaded to use toilets and if they do not pay heed to the persuasion and continue to defecate in the open, they will be penalised, said the officials.
JMC commissioner Ravi Jain said, “We have constructed around 200 community toilets in various pockets of the city, which are equipped with water and electricity. Even then people, especially in slum areas, are defecating in the open.”
He said the JMC teams will conduct morning inspections and initially for 20-25 days the officials will persuade people not to defecate in the open and thereafter impose fines. “We have identified some areas, such as Katputli Nagar, Jhalana and Jawahar Nagar, where people are defecating in the open. The JMC in every ward has constructed community toilets — there are over 100 urinals, Sulabh toilets and around 10 toilets, which were made on built, operate and transfer basis,” he said. “In Katputli Nagar itself, there are more than 40 toilets,” he added.
“After persuasion, after a certain date if people are found defecating in the open, they will be fined,” Jain said. He said the corporation was also planning to hand over some of the toilets in private hand for regular maintenance.
With construction of more than 5.40 lakh individual toilets since inception of the Swacch Bharat Mission (SBM), Jaipur district is now on the third spot in the country after Pargana (5.98 lakh) and Murshidabad (5.95 lakh) of West Bengal.