Helpline gets only 21 complaints against illegal debris dumping
CITIZEN ALERT NMMC had announced Rs1,000 reward for residents who took photographic proof
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.