Clean up the mess or pay heavy fine: LMC
Tough action-- LMC cracks whip on litterbugs in the run-up to next month’s UP Investors’ Summit and imposes stiff penalty.Updated: Jan 24, 2018 14:07 IST
Litterbugs, beware! The Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) is cracking the whip on those dumping garbage on roads in the run-up to the UP Investors’ Summit scheduled on February 21-22 in the state capital.
- Rs 50,000 : Storing building material on road
- Rs 10,000: Emptying sewer directly into drains, pond, river or other water body.
- Marriage lawns, hotels and restaurants spreading filth will also have to shell out Rs 10,000.
- Rs 5000 to Rs 10,000: Throwing litter on road, drain, water body
- The same amount can also be imposed as fine on organisers for leaving filth on road after religious functions, bhandara, langar and processions.
- Eateries, tea stalls, egg stalls, etc spreading filth on the road will also be fined Rs 5000 to Rs 10,000.
- Motor garages and automobile repair centres, will be fined Rs 5000 to Rs 10,000 if they are found leaving filth on the road.
- The same amount can be imposed on those caught defecating in the open or at a public place.
- Rs 1000 per day: On residents refusing to give waste to door-to-door garbage collectors.
- Similarly, Rs 1000 can be imposed on street vendors throwing waste on road.
- Rs 200: Urinating in the open or at a public place.
Sample this. A resident had to pay a spot fine of Rs 10,000 for spreading filth on the road at Viram Khand, Gomti Nagar on Sunday, civic body officials said.
The action was taken after the resident was warned repeatedly not to throw garbage on the road daily, the officials added.
Municipal commissioner Udairaj Singh said, “The message is clear: the LMC will not tolerate any sort of filth on road by anyone. We have created enough awareness about cleanliness. Now, it’s time for strict action.”
The LMC sanitation inspector concerned on Sunday requested the resident to desist from dumping trash on the road as senior officials were out to conduct an inspection, officials claimed.
The resident paid no heed to the warning and an LMC squad made a clip of him littering the road, officials said.
When the LMC team slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 on him, he refused to pay up, claiming he had highly-placed contacts in the government. But he beat a hasty retreat when the officials told him an FIR would be filed and a court could make him pay more than Rs 10,000.
Seeing no way out, the resident paid the fine immediately.
This is not an isolated instance of the LMC showing that it means business in the run-up to the summit.
Two people were fined for defecating in the open near Haider Canal. A man urinating on the wall of Jhandi park in front of the LMC office in Lalbagh was fined Rs 200 .
The municipal commissioner said the Gomti Nagar resident was fined in accordance with a National Green Tribunal (NGT) order of December 2016. The NGT has ordered a fine of Rs 10,000 on anyone throwing litter in the open.
According to the order, “Any such body, person, hotel, resident, slaughterhouse or vegetable market that does not comply with the directions, or throws their waste in drains or public places, shall be liable to pay environmental compensation at the rate of Rs 10,000 per default.”
Under Section 296 of Lucknow Municipal Corporation Act, the municipal corporation has powers to fine those who litter the roads. The civic body can also prosecute against wall defacers under the Defacement of Public Property Act.
Moreover, the state government has empowered sanitation inspectors to collect spot fines from the defaulters as done in this case, the municipal corporation said.
He also said, “The fine is still less than that imposed in other countries. In the United States, a fine of 200 dollars (nearly Rs 14000) is imposed for spreading filth or spitting on roads. A fine of 710 dollars ( Rs 35000) is imposed in Singapore for the same offence. However, the Rs 10,000 penalty imposed on residents in Lucknow will be enough of a deterrent.”
Additional municipal commissioner PK Srivastava said, “Ahead of the UP Investors’ Summit in February, we have to make the city clean. We need full cooperation of citizens. That’s why we started the campaign from our office. A number of our employees were fined Rs 500 for chewing paan masala inside the office premises. Today, no employee takes paan masala inside the office.”
PK Srivastava also said, “The state capital generates 1,500 metric tonnes of municipal solid waste every day. Now, this waste has to be managed properly according to the NGT order. There is no choice but to get tough with litterbugs. We will keep a strict vigil on the city for identifying litterbugs and then fine them after obtaining proof like we did in Viram Khand, Gomti Nagar.”
He also said, “The NGT has clearly defined the duty of every citizen to ensure that waste is handled in a manner that prevents pollution and inconvenience to others. The order says the entire burden cannot be shifted onto the state and civic authorities. This means litterbugs cannot escape their responsibilities.”
The LMC plans to reward those citizens who help the civic body in keeping the city clean.
Noted environmentalist VK Joshi says, “It’s good that the LMC has started imposing penalty on litterbugs. They harm the environment by dumping waste. Strictness in order to keep the city clean is welcome.”
First Published: Jan 24, 2018 14:07 IST