Helpline gets only 21 com­plaints against il­le­gal de­bris dump­ing

CI­TI­ZEN ALERT NMMC had an­nounced Rs1,000 re­ward for res­i­dents who took pho­to­graphic proof

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sengupta sang­hami­tra.sengupta@hin­dus­tan­

NAVI MUM­BAI: The anti-en­croach­ment depart­ment of the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC), which had ini­ti­ated a ded­i­cated What­sApp num­ber to re­port on il­le­gal de­bris dump­ing last year, has yet not re­ceived a good re­sponse.

The num­ber 8422955912 which was launched in Oc­to­ber 2015 has only re­ceived 21 com­plaints so far. This was the first time that the cor­po­ra­tion had an­nounced a re­ward of Rs1,000 for res­i­dents who took a pic­ture of any ve­hi­cle dump­ing con­struc­tion ma­te­rial in open spa­ces.

But, the re­ward has been given to only one res­i­dent who com­plained about a ve­hi­cle dump­ing il­le­gal de­bris in Juina­gar sec­tor 4. Of­fi­cials how­ever said that there is a process in which res­i­dents have to com­plain to be el­i­gi­ble for the re­ward.

“Those com­plain­ing on the Whats app num­ber have to send the com­plete de­tails of the ve­hi­cle along like ve­hi­cle num­ber time and place of in­ci­dent along with the pic­ture only then the re­ward will be given. The de­tails will be how­ever kept con­fi­den­tial,” said Kailash Gaik­wad, as­sis­tant mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner, en­croach­ment depart­ment of NMMC.

The other two toll free num­ber 1800222309 and 1800222310 which was ini­ti­ated in 2014 has how­ever re­ceived a bet­ter re­sponse. As per the records, 51 calls were reg­is­tered in 2014 while 245 calls were reg­is­tered in 2015 and 34 calls have been reg­is­tered in 2016. Of­fi­cials said they are ac­tive about track­ing on il­le­gal dump­ing of de­bris across the civic body ju­ris­dic­tion.

The anti-en­croach­ment fly­ing squad of NMMC has caught 179 ve­hi­cles in 2014-15 and col­lected a fine of Rs20,08,578. In the year 2015- 16, a to­tal of 121 ve­hi­cles have been caught and a fine of Rs23, 27,500 col­lected. Of­fi­cials said they do not keep de­tails of how much il­le­gal de­bris is caught and only the ve­hi­cle is nabbed and pe­nalised.

“Once the ve­hi­cle is seized, the of­fender is given seven days to pay the fine of Rs15,000 and if the of­fender wants to re­lease the ve­hi­cle on the same day, then a fine of Rs 30,000 is levied. But those who are caught more than once, they have to pay Rs 50,000 penalty,” said Ankush Cha­van, ad­di­tional com­mis­sioner, NMMC.

The civic body gives per­mis­sion to dump de­bris at sec­tor 3, 16 and 22 in Ulwe at open cidco grounds.

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