In a bid to decongest Kolkata streets, especially keeping in mind the coming festive season, Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) authorities will start an awareness campaign this week.
The campaign will focus on creating awareness among citizens, urging them not to dump construction materials, such as bricks, sand, stone chips and iron rods on the carriageways.
Campaigners also plan to ask citizens not to park their vehicles on carriageways that affect the movement of vehicles through the road.
KMC authorities, in a bid to be taken seriously, plan to follow up this campaign with legal action. “We will start the campaign to raise awareness among the citizens and instruct them not to block the roads by dumping building materials. As per the KMC Act 1980, we have the right to seize such material. We do not want to levy a stacking fee, as that would mean giving permission to dump such materials on the road,” member, mayorin-council (solid waste management) Debabrata Majumder said.
The illegal dumping of construction material along the carriageways of the labyrinthine city, are a common enough sight in the added areas such as Jadavpur, Behala and Garden Reach that is experiencing a realty boom.
“People also park their vehicles on the carriageway not caring in the least about the problem that they are creating for others. Haphazard parking of vehicles has become a menace for the city dwellers. Moreover, in case of narrow lanes, the parked vehicles often lead to a traffic snarl. So, we have decided that such vehicles would be towed,” Majumder said.
As per existing building rules, for a new construction, the materials can be kept outside the premises against the stacking fee charged by the KMC, during the sanction of the building plan. However, for adding floors above the ground floor, the materials have to be kept inside the premises and not on the roadside.