MC gets govt’s nod to fine Buddha Nullah litterbugs

  • Harshraj Singh Harshraj Singh, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Jul 14, 2014 12:01 IST

Over six months after the municipal corporation (MC) decided to fine those littering the Buddha Nullah, the civic body has finally got a go-ahead from the state government.

Despite the MC recently getting the nullah cleaned using machines, people have again begun throw waste into it.

In a meeting of the MC’s finance and contract committee (F&CC) in January, it was decided that anyone found throwing garbage in Buddha Nullah would be fined Rs 5,000. It was also announced that anyone providing pictures of the litterbugs would be awarded the fine collected from the violator.

Thereafter, as per MC’s claims, a letter was sent to the government for approval. But the proposal got delayed due to the imposition of model code of conduct ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

According to MC officials, a resident had sent a violator’s picture to the civic body. However, nobody has been fined so far.

On the other hand, garbage continues to be dumped in the nullah, which is already severely polluted due to the inflow of effluents from industries.

A city resident, Mahinder Singh, said, “I appreciate that the authorities started a drive to clean the nullah, but they should also erect display boards to warn people from throwing garbage into the nullah.”

Amarjeet Singh Sekhon, chief of health and sanitation wing, MC, said, “We have got permission from the state government to charge fine from violators. We have also received a complaint with a photo of person throwing litter into the nullah. We will take the required action.”

He said the initiative was aimed at bringing to book people who unabashedly threw garbage in the stream; so that its pollution could be checked.

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