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Updated: March 21, 2013 12:17 IST
GARBAGE CRISIS

Soon you will be fined if you don’t segregate garbage

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The penalty for the first offence for households is Rs.100, and Rs. 500 thereafter. File Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy
The Hindu The penalty for the first offence for households is Rs.100, and Rs. 500 thereafter. File Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

The State government has decided to impose fine on households failing to segregate garbage in the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) limits. An amendment to the Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act 1976 to this effect was cleared by the Cabinet on Tuesday at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar.

According to senior officials in the BBMP, as per the amendment, the BBMP can penalise citizens for littering, spitting, urinating and defecating, besides failing to segregate garbage. The penalty for the first offence for households is Rs. 100, while for bulk generators, it is Rs. 500. The penalty for the second and subsequent offence is Rs. 500 for domestic, while it is Rs. 1,000 for the bulk generators. There was no provision in the present Act to impose file on households who declined to segregate waste, officials said.

The BBMP official said that the amendment Bill will now be sent to Governor H.R. Bhardwaj by the government. The Governor may either pass the ordinance or direct the government to get clearance for the Bill from both the Legislative Assembly and Council. The ordinance too will have to be ratified by both the Houses.

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Nice try! Is it possible for a municipality to levy fine and collect in India? There is scant regard for rules and regulations. Many roadside hawkers and eateries throw banana leaves and other waste openly in the gutters and on the roads. We find people spitting on roads and throwing cigarette buds. I cannot find it anywhere in Singapore, U.S or Canada. Primary duty of the municipality is to educate the people about the causes of diseases and why it is essential to segregate the garbage and drop it in designated bins. There should be ads in newspapers and Television channels about the diseases that are caused due to unhealthy living habits. Curriculum in schools must teach about living healthy and keeping our surroundings clean.

from:  Nathan
Posted on: Mar 21, 2013 at 17:05 IST

Why can't Thiruvananthapuram Corporation follow suit? And Chennai, and
all other urban areas, the worst and most voluminous waste generators.

from:  swarna
Posted on: Mar 21, 2013 at 14:40 IST

Perhaps, I may not welcome this move! the sole purpose of the body like
BBMP is burden the responsibilities and ease people's life! Slacking off
on your bit and throwing the burden on daily lives can certainly pass
off as throwing gold coins into your pockets!

Why not educate people for a tenure of 4-5 years, letting this noble
notion live as a guideline in the society before enforcing it on the
citizens!

from:  Ravi Kiran
Posted on: Mar 21, 2013 at 09:47 IST
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