Mumbaikars beware as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is all set to penalise citizens who are found dumping trash in nullahs and public places around railway stations, tracks, and slums. The BMC will penalise citizens with a maximum penalty up to Rs 1,250.
According to Hindustan Times, the BMC has decided to do so to ensure public places and stormwater drains don’t get clogged in the monsoon. The BMC has formed a nuisance-detection squad to penalise citizens and has about six to seven members in each squad. The civic body has appointed nuisance-detection squads in each ward. And the citizens would be penalised as per articles 115 and 116 in the Mumbai Police Act, 1951.
“The squad has powers to fine citizens as per the act and the maximum penalty will be around Rs 1,250. To avoid any misconduct by the squad, we have also asked them to take photographs and videos of violators before penalising them,” Ashok Khaire, deputy municipal commissioner (solid waste management) told the leading daily. The civic body will take action as per the standard operating process in the Act. The BMC and the Mumbai Police will have a special officer on duty and a nodal officer for the squads.
This is not it. Earlier this month, the civic commissioner Praveen Pardeshi had chalked down points for monsoon preparedness. In a meeting for the same, Pardeshi had directed officials to cut water supply if any society was found dumping trash in nullahs.