Vijayawada

Citizens urinating, littering in public places to face mobile court

Moving around in a bus, the court will impose hefty fines on violators

Unruly citizens littering and dumping garbage on roads and urinating at public places are going to end up before the magistrate hereafter.

The civic body which has initiated spot fining to curb defacing of public places in busy areas and improving sanitation in the city has set up a mobile court to deal with cases registered on a daily basis by the medical and health wing.

A couple of weeks ago Municipal Commissioner J. Nivas announced that a fine of ₹500 would be imposed on those found urinating and littering at public places.

Also, commercial establishments and institutions dumping garbage on the roadside are being levied a fine of up to ₹10,000 considering the level of inconvenience they cause to the public.

“We have set up a mobile court headed by the municipal court magistrate. The cases booked by the health wing will be presented before the mobile court accommodated in a bus. The cases will be reviewed by the magistrate at the spot where the violation took place,” Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Ch. Babu Srinivas told The Hindu.

100 booked

“So far we have booked more than 100 persons for urinating and dumping garbage in public places. The fine imposed by the court ranges from a few hundred to thousands of rupees depending on the damage caused by the violator,” Dr. Srinivas said.

“Last Wednesday we imposed the highest fine of ₹3,000 on a violator and again on next Wednesday, the mobile court will visit various areas to review cases. If the violators do not turn up before the court, summons will be sent to them. The fine is directly paid to the government through the mobile court,” he said.

In the mobile court headed by the magistrate, a municipal lawyer, a superintendent and public health officials would be present while reviewing the cases.

The spot fining initiative is a part of the Swachh Survekshan rankings programme.

Swachh Awards

Meanwhile, the Swachh Vijayawada Awards announced by the civic body evoked a positive response from various institutions in the city. About 100 organisations including hospitals, hotels, schools and other institutions applied for the awards. The last date has been extended up to November 23.

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