TAMIL NADU

Rally to promote public sanitation

STEP FORWARD: Chennai Corporation Commissioner Rajesh Lakhoni, Mayor M. Subramanian and Additional Commissioner Kakarla Usha (appointed now as Chennai Collector) at an awareness rally in Chennai on Saturday.

STEP FORWARD: Chennai Corporation Commissioner Rajesh Lakhoni, Mayor M. Subramanian and Additional Commissioner Kakarla Usha (appointed now as Chennai Collector) at an awareness rally in Chennai on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: Chennai Corporation

Staff Reporter

Chennai: The Chennai Corporation organised a mega awareness drive to promote public sanitation through rallies on Saturday.

Beginning Sunday, it can impose fines on people for dumping garbage on the roads (Rs.100); dumping construction debris on the roads (Rs.500) and for spitting, urinating or defecating in public places (Rs.50).

While residents and civic welfare organisations appreciate it for taking a step towards a cleaner city, many of them ask if there is an effective garbage clearance system and are there adequate public amenities such as toilets in place. The civic body, which originally intended to introduce the fine system in April, had deferred its plans by two months to construct more public toilets and commission more compactor trucks for garbage collection.

Mayor M. Subramanian said the Corporation would work with members of self-help groups to take forward good sanitation practices.

He flagged off an awareness rally by hundreds of women from self-help groups at the Anna Nagar Arch.

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