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Now, pay Rs 1,000 for littering, urinating in the open in Mohali

punjab Updated: Dec 18, 2015 09:52 IST
HT Correspondent
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

Think twice before littering and urinating in the open in SAS Nagar as it will now invite a penalty of Rs 1,000.

The Sanitation and Public Health Bylaws, 2014, become a reality in SAS Nagar as the municipal corporation on Thursday notified the same. With this, the SAS Nagar MC has become the first civic body to introduce such bylaws in the state.

Under the bylaws, the penalties have been categorised under two sections — domestic/ individual and commercial/ industrial. The first-time offender under the domestic/ individual category would be fined Rs 1,000 and Rs 3,000 in case of second offence. Under the commercial/industrial category, the first fine would be Rs 2,000 and repeating the offence would invite a penalty of Rs 5,000.

Being seen as an initiative under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the bylaws also prohibit urinating and defecation in the open, spitting around, throwing water on roads or at a public place, throwing of biomedical waste by clinics and hospitals at dumping yard or defacing public property. In case of vacant plots, the plot owner will be held liable for littering. Municipal commissioner Uma Shankar Gupta, told HT: “We are the first MC to notify these bylaws in the state. If the violator fails to pay the fine, the same will be recovered along with water and sewerage bill. In case of default, the water supply and sewer connection will be disconnected.”

It will be the responsibility of the house owners to keep surroundings clean, he added.

Other offences

Spitting in the open

Throwing water on road

Dropping biomedical waste of dumping yard

Defacing public property

Owners of vacant plots to be held liable for littering