The civic body’s clean-up marshals collected a fine of Rs 80,000 for illegal dumping of debris in Wadala on January 20.
Two marshals caught four trucks emptying construction debris at a vacant plot near the Anik depot bus stop. Each of the trucks were fined Rs 20,000.
“The truck owners didn’t have enough money on them. We confiscated the trucks and asked them to pay the fine and only then the trucks were released,” said one of the marshals requesting anonymity.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation had begun a clean-up campaign in November 2007 aimed at keeping the city clean. BMC had appointed six private security agencies and a third party auditor – United ways to carry out the clean-up drive.
The clean-up marshals were authorized to fine citizens caught spiting, urinating and littering in public places. Until now, 373 marshals have been involved with the drive, collecting Rs 7.5 crores as fine. Until August 2009, 2,30,000 people have been fined in the city.
“The marshals have been doing a good job in the city and BMC’s campaign had had a positive impact on the city. There have been a few complaints against the marshals which we are trying to eliminate,” said a civic official requesting anonymity.