Lit­ter­bugs to be booked un­der Bom­bay Po­lice Act

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - Vi­rat A Singh vi­[email protected]­dia.net

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

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