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Spit in Mumbai, pay Rs 500
August 18, 2006 13:42 IST
Taking a cue from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's vision of transforming Mumbai into a replica of the swanky Chinese city of Shanghai, civic authorities have embarked upon a major cleanliness drive, which will make spitting and littering punishable offences.
Commencing October, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai plans to introduce bye-laws, which would levy a fine of Rs 500 if a citizen is caught spitting or bathing or littering a public place. For co-operative societies that do not maintain clean premises, the fine will be Rs 10,000, according to R A Rajeev, additional municipal commissioner.
This is perhaps the first civic body in the country to introduce fines for those found spitting and littering city areas, civic sources said.
Housing societies or complexes keeping their premises dirty, storing waste outside the designated area, storing waste in unspecified bins or failing to segregate them as specified will also attract fines ranging between Rs 1,000-to-Rs 10,000.
Similarly, generators of commercial waste like hotels, shops, hawkers and vendors, will be fined between Rs 1,000 to Rs 10,000 for not keeping waste bins, not segregating the waste or keeping their premises filthy.
Parking a car while municipal sweeping operations are on, will also invite a fine of Rs 5,000.
Political organisations and event organisers will also have to be careful about their advertisements and events as pasting posters or graffiti will invite a fine up to Rs 10,000. If they do not clear the premises within 24 hours of an event, it will mean forfeiture of deposit ranging between Rs 10,000 to Rs 50,000.
Noted film actress Raveena Tandon has offered to help the civic body in creating awareness among the citizens about the necessity of a clean city.
"While we welcome Raveena's offer, the civic body would not like to involve celebrities because we want the entire focus of our endeavour to be on cleanliness of the city and not get diverted," Rajeev said.
In case an offender is unable to pay the fine, the proposed bye-laws require that the offender will be required to do community service for at least one hour like road sweeping or graffiti cleaning.
The proposed bye-laws also cover private lands where there may be garbage. Individuals and co-operative societies will also have to segregate garbage into dry and wet categories and any violation of this will attract a penalty of between Rs 5,000 and Rs. 10,000, respectively.
The municipal corporation has notified citizens about the new bye-laws and has invited their suggestions or objections on or before September 18.
The administration is also proactively sending the copy of the byelaws to NGOs, hospitals, educational institutes, various unions and community organisations.
The corporation will provide adequate community toilets in slum areas and conduct awareness drives amongst the people to avoid defecating or bathing in public, Rajeev said.
After receiving feedback from the citizens and other organisations, those found relevant will be incorporated in the bye-laws after necessary approvals, he added.