City Beautiful: Now, you’ll be fined ₹10,000 for littering in Chandigarh’s public places
UT amends MC bylaws; if defaulter fails to pay ‘recovery charges’, these will be added to the water billpunjab Updated: Jul 18, 2017 10:21 IST
The next time you are caught littering in public places, be ready to shell out Rs 5,000 in residential areas and Rs 10,000 in commercial establishments.
Amending the 1999 by laws, the UT administration on Monday notified the Municipal Corporation (Sanitation and Public Health Amendment Bylaws, 2017), which came into force with immediate effect.
According to new bylaws, a defaulter will be charged for the removal and disposal of waste at the rates decided by the MC. In case of non-payment of charges, the same will be added to the water bill of the defaulter.
Approved in May this year
At the general House meeting held in may this year, the MC decided to impose recovery charges of Rs 5,000 for residential and ₹10,000 for commercial establishments on those littering garbage in the city.
MC joint commissioner Manoj Khatri said Rs 5,000 and Rs 10,000 will not be considered as a fine but will be termed as “recovery charges” as this amount will be utilised for employing additional labour and machinery to clear the garbage.
Mayor Asha Kumari Jaswal said: We will not tolerate littering on streets. Sanitation byelaws state that it is the responsibility of residents to ensure that their garbage is disposed of properly. Even if a resident has employed somebody else to dump garbage or debris, it is his/her duty to ensure that it is disposed of properly.
What is littering?
Throwing garbage outside a house or shop, accumulation of water outside houses, throwing debris or disposing waste in non-designated areas.
Team to check littering
MC joint commissioner Manoj Khatri said: “Inspection teams will be constituted under a sanitation inspector and a health supervisor. The teams will also act on complaints and if found true, a challan will be issued. The defaulter will have to pay the challan at the office of the medical officer health in Sector 17. If the defaulter fails to pay, charges will be added as arrears in the water bill.”
The city, which ranked second in the Swachh Survekshan Survey under Swachh Bharat Mission – Urban (SBM-U) conducted by the ministry of urban development — in 2016, slipped to 11th rank this year.
Fine was just Rs 500
Earlier, the MC used to impose a fine of Rs 500 for littering in the open. MC officials claim that around 10 challans were issued per month. But the paltry fine was not a deterrent for residents, so the MC decided to increase the amount to Rs 5,000 and Rs 10,000. Earlier, the MC used to move court for non-payment of the fine. The convicts can be prosecuted under Section 65, 66, 67 (imprisonment for non-payment of fine up to six month) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) read with the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (Sanitation and Public Health) Bye Laws, 1999. However, there is no record of any defaulter being imprisonment.
First Published: Jul 18, 2017 10:20 IST