New anti-littering law in the offing

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: May 27, 2010 23:58 IST

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) is going to invite public opinion on the anti-littering law, which has been sent back by the Delhi government for this purpose before it is implemented.

Under the law, fines for offences like spitting, littering and urinating in public among others will be increased substantially.

“We will issue a public notice inviting the opinion of Delhiites on the anti-littering law.

We had sent it to Delhi government for approval and were asked to first invite people’s views on the law,” said a senior MCD official.

“We want to implement the law before the Games to deter people from littering the city,” the official added.

Under the anti-littering law, spitting, defecating and bathing in public places would invite hefty penalties from the municipal inspectors who would challan people on the spot.

The fine would vary between Rs 200 and Rs 500.

Presently, MCD can only issue fines up to Rs 50 for the same offences.

A total of 1000 inspectors would be deployed all across the city to challan Delhiites.

The move is in accordance with the directions of the Supreme Court, which had stated in 2006 that a strict law should be formulated for those who litter the Capital and make it dirty.

All those pet owners who leave their pets open in the streets to litter the place would be charged Rs 500 by the civic body.

“Though the provision in the DMC act is only for Rs 500 we would also be amending the law so that hospitals who are unable to treat the bio-degradable in a segregated manner would be charged a heftier amount”, added the official.

The civic body is also planning to charge heavier amount of Rs 20,000 from those who leave malba lying on the streets.

Those who have been challaned once in a day and are caught littering the place again an additional amount of Rs 25 would be charged from them.


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