MC commissioner sets new target for anti-litter drive

  • Harshraj Singh, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Feb 20, 2015 20:07 IST

The municipal corporation (MC) commissioner on Friday pulled up the health and sanitation branch over its efforts to ensure a litter-free city and issued fresh directions in this regard.

GK Singh asked the branch to intensify issue of challans to people littering the roads and other places.

Each sanitary inspector has been ordered to issue 100 challans every month to violators.

A violator can face a fine of up to Rs 20,000.

In 2013, the corporation had started to issue challans against violators, but the drive was soon stalled.

It re-launched the drive in October last year, when the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan was launched in the city. However, the plan lost fizzle again.

During a meeting on Friday, Singh discussed the plan to ensure proper sanitation in city and also directed officials to create more awareness among people to keep their surroundings clean.

Chief of MC's health and sanitation wing, Amarjit Singh informed that the corporation has 22 sanitary inspectors who have all been asked to complete the target of 100 challans.

The MC can issue a challan as per provisions in the law. However, if violators give a written assurance within 10 days that they will not repeat the offence then the MC will charge a composition fee as per the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act, 1976.

However, if that is not the case, then the matter will be forwarded to the court for action.

The MC has also planned to construct more public toilets to prevent people from urinating at public places including the railway station and the bus stand. Station mobile urinals have also been planned to be put in use.

“I have also directed the staff to make one model road in each ward by maintaining proper cleanliness. We will also keep conduct review meetings,” MC commissioner Singh said.

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