The Ghaziabad municipal corporation has come up with an offer under which anybody sending it pictures of waste being thrown in public places will get 25% of the penalty collected from the offender.
The offer was proposed by municipal commissioner Abdul Samad during the executive committee meeting on Wednesday, when a proposal for levying user charges on residents for disposal of municipal solid waste was cleared.
“We plan to develop a mobile phone app through which residents can send pictures of people who litter and dump solid waste and other garbage in public places. Then the corporation will take action and impose penalty on the offenders. The resident who uploads the pictures will be paid 25% of the penalty,” Samad said.
The suggestion was appreciated by Ghaziabad mayor Ashu Verma and other members of the executive committee.
In the meeting on Wednesday, the committee cleared a proposal to impose user charges, ranging from Rs30 to Rs15,000, on different category of users. It also cleared the penalty amount, ranging from Rs100 to Rs5,000, to be imposed on those throwing solid waste, construction material and other garbage in public places.
Activists appreciated the corporation’s decision to pay 25% of the penalty to the person who reports garbage dumping but said it could lead to altercations among people.
“The effect of the app-based initiative will be seen only after it is launched. But it can lead to altercations among people if they complain against each other. It will be better if the corporation strengthens its enforcement teams and sets a daily target to penalise offenders who throw waste in public places,” said SK Maheshwari, a social activist.
Earlier, the Ghaziabad administration had started a similar initiative when it asked residents to upload pictures of encroachments on social media sites. But the initiative did not yield very good result.
Even the Uttar Pradesh state road transport corporation had decided to act against those urinating in public places such as bus stands and said that their videos will be uploaded on the internet. But officials of the corporation said the initiative is yet to materialise.