If you are a resident of Jamshedpur, be prepared to pay fines ranging from Rs 5,000 to Rs 25,000 or even be sent to jail for wasting water, damaging roads or urinating in public.
Taking the Clean India Mission forward, the Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC) has come out with an order under the Jharkhand Municipal Corporation Act-2011, cracking the whip on common problems plaguing cities.
“As per the act, we’ve issued orders that anyone found wasting water, damaging pipelines, (making) illegal connections and (causing) leakages will have to pay a fine of Rs 25,000,” Deepak Sahay, JNAC special officer, told HT. “The move came in the wake of several complaints of pipe damages in slums like Moharda, Birsanagar, Bagunhatu, Baridih and Murakaiti colonies here.”
The Moharda water project has an installed capacity of 55 lakh gallons per day, catering to three lakh people; the Mango project has capacity of 12 lakh gallons for two lakh people; while the Jugsalai project can supply water to 40,000 households.
“We appeal to the people to save water and also make others aware that water is a precious resource,” Sahay added.
The JNAC has also set up notice boards to warn people of spot fines of Rs 5,000 for urinating in public places like parks, roads, etc, describing it as “an obscene and unhealthy practice”.
The Mango Notified Area Committee too has issued an order stipulating that persons found damaging roads would attract a fine of `5,000, with the possibility of one month in jail.
“We’ve formed search teams to find out such instances where people have dug up roads, littered or allowed water to flow onto roads,” said JP Yadav, MNAC special officer.