Litterbugs to be booked under Bombay Police Act
If found dumping garbage, BMC along with Mumbai police — in a first of its kind joint operation will book offenders under the Bombay Police Act 1951. This move by Municipal Commissioner Praveen Pardeshi is not aimed at boosting the ‘swachhata’ campaign but also to crack down on the rampant dumping of garbage that chokes the drains and nullahs during monsoon.
According to BMC officials, each of the 24 wards across Mumbai will have one dedicated- Nuisance Detection Squad. “Each of these 24 squads will comprise of four to five members including a police constable. This squad will continuously move all over the ward and especially target areas near slum pockets, nullahs, railway stations, areas alongside the railway tracks, public space and others where the offenders found littering will be booked on the spot and immediate action will be taken against them,” said Deputy Municipal Commissioner (Solid Waste Management) Ashok Khaire.
Khaire also informed that a proper Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) has been put in place, which will be followed by the squad that will be trained specifically to ensure that these drives are successful in maintaining cleanliness and putting a stop to dumping garbage.
As per civic officials, the offenders found guilty of dumping garbage could face a fine of Rs 1200 under the Mumbai Police Act if found guilty.
While several councillors appreciated the move, stating that this will prove to be a good deterrent as the presence of cops will add more teeth to the BMC’S drive against garbage dumping, many expressed that BMC cannot simply rely on fining without providing a solution to the waste management crisis being faced by the city.
A fine of Rs 1200 will be levied