Steep hike in penalty for littering

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Look before you dump: Littering to go dear as the new anti garbage-dumping rules are sure to burn a hole in the pocket.
Look before you dump: Littering to go dear as the new anti garbage-dumping rules are sure to burn a hole in the pocket.

Indiscriminate dumping of garbage, erection of banners and cut-outs to attract heavy fine

Dumping of garbage on the roads to cost Rs. 2,000

Officials provided with ‘challan’ books to collect fines

HYDERABAD: The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has effected steep hike in penalty for littering and indiscriminate dumping of garbage. The increase is as much as 20 times for throwing litter into drains -- from Rs. 50 to Rs. 1,000 and 10 times for businessmen throwing litter in front of their shops -- from Rs. 100 to Rs. 1,000.

Unauthorised dumping of debris will attract a heavy fine of Rs. 10,000 while erection of banners and cut-outs without permit means a person has to shell out Rs. 5,000 for each banner or cut-out. A similar amount will be collected as fine if plastic bags of less then 20 microns are sold.

Dumping of bulk garbage on the roads too will attract a fine of Rs. 2,000, up from Rs. 500 earlier, and those spreading litter on roads and open spaces will have to pay Rs. 100 as against Rs. 20 before. One will have to pay Rs. 1,000 for each wall writing and Rs. 2,000 for each poster.

‘Strict enforcement’

To make sure that penalty collection drive is not merely restricted to paper work and that “strict enforcement” takes place, all departments have been drafted into the exercise. Other than supervisory staff of the Health and Sanitation Department, those from the Town Planning, Revenue, Engineering, Horticulture and others have been given ‘challan’ books to collect fines.

“These orders will come into immediate effect. We have asked all the circles to form respective enforcement teams,” said Additional Commissioner (Health & Sanitation), R. Rama Mohan Rao. At the circle level, the Deputy Commissioner will be the chief enforcement officer; he will be supported by the additional enforcement officer at the ward level with supervision by Assistant City Planners, Assistant Medical Officers of Health, Executive Engineers, Valuation Officers and others. In segments within a ward, the enforcement officers will be section officers, sanitary supervisors, junior engineers and so on. The civic bodyhas offered 5 per cent of the penal fees collection to the enforcement officers as incentive and also Rs. 50,000 as financial award to the ‘best performing’ deputy commissioner in the districts.

Residential welfare associations keeping their respective areas garbage-free, litter-free, prompt in paying property taxes, etc., will be rewarded with developmental works to the tune of Rs. 5 lakh.



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