Now face heavy penalty for urinating, littering on streets

  • Bhartesh Singh Thakur, Hindustan Times, Panchkula
  • Updated: Nov 04, 2015 10:39 IST
Deputy commissioner Vivek Atray (right) and municipal commissioner Jagdeep Dhanda during a press meet at the Mini-Secretariat, Sector 1 on Tuesday. (Sant Arora/HT Photo)

The municipal corporation (MC) is going to challan citizens for various offences, including urinating, or defecating, or milking cattle on public streets, littering, leaving pets unchained in public areas, etc with fines between minimum Rs 500 to maximum Rs 5,000.

The fine will be levied as per the provisions of Haryana Municipal Corporation Act, 1994. “In addition to printing challan books, the duties have been earmarked for issuing challans. The officials who will act as compounding authorities have also been appointed,”said MC commissioner Jagdeep Dhanda.

The maximum challan, i.e. Rs 5,000, is for erection of building or factory without permission.

To date, there has been quite irregularity in challaning violators over various offences. For example, before a rally or a political meeting, big hoardings are displayed in different areas; they keep hanging for days, and no one cares to take action.

Illegal hoardings congratulating local legislator Gian Chand Gupta for becoming chief whip of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are put up across the city - a clear violation of the advertising policy of the MC but no action has been taken.

Earlier attempt failed

This is not the first time the MC has thought of issuing challans strictly. Earlier too, in an MC meet on July 30, 2013, the House had unanimously decided to issue fines against those found littering or washing cars on the road. But, the decision was never implemented.

“With the MC having very less staff to keep a check on such activities, the decision seems laughable, and impossible to implement. People are feeding stray dogs, throwing rubbish on streets, washing cars on the road...who is checking?”said Congress councillor Lily Bawa.

“There are no roads or streetlights, but the MC is planning to challan people, for which it does not even have adequate staff. People should, at first, be made aware about such challans,”said Bharatiya Janata Party councillor CB Goel.

Sanitation work in ward no. 9 to be outsourced

Construction material dumped outside a house in Panchkula on Tuesday. (Sant Arora/HT Photo)

Civic body commissioner Jagdeep Dhanda on Tuesday announced to outsource sanitation work in ward number 9 on Tuesday.

However, later in a day, ward councillor CB Goel, a BJP member, termed it a political conspiracy.

In a press meet, Dhanda reasoned that ward number 9 comprises Sector 1 (Gurukul Colony), Sector 5 (Police Colony) and Sectors 6, 7, 8 and 18 and about 74 sanitation workers, maximum in the city, are deputed there.

“The sanitation committee has decided to outsource the sanitation work in the ward; a tender will be floated soon and it’ll help in deputing the sanitation staff to other sectors,”said Dhanda. But, BJP councillor Goel does not seem to be happy and has termed it a political conspiracy.

“Misinformation is being spread that the ward has the maximum sanitation workers. It’s a mayor’s ploy to take out the staff for her ward,”he said. He also added the contractual system, in place in other spheres of work under the MC, had also failed completely.

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