Special drive of PBMC to impose fines for not maintaining cleanliness

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Port Blair, Nov 10: A team of about two dozen PBMC officials led by Mr. Yashpal Garg, Secretary PBMC walk down the Aberdeen Market area between 09.00 am to 11.00 am on 10.11.2017 and imposed fines on 44 persons/firms whose shops/kiosks/nearby area were not found clean. The PBMC officials clean the places but simultaneously imposed penalty also. The fine amount of Rs.500/- was paid on the spot by 41 persons/firms while 03 persons refused to pay the fine. The Secretary PBMC informed that notices have been issued to these 03 persons directing them not to dump/liter on the public places and keep the area in and around their premises, neat & clean. Further they have been advised to pay the fine of Rs. 500/- by 03.00 PM 14.11.2017, failing which the action will be initiated for prosecution and shall be liable on conviction to a fine or to imprisonment, or to both such fine and imprisonment or to such other penalty as determined by the Court of Competent jurisdiction. The PBMC have taken photographs of these premises so that cases against them can be properly taken up. All the firms/persons have also been informed that in case of any repeat offence, penalty of double amount will be imposed.

The Solid Waste (Handling & Management) Bye-Laws, 2017 provide that no person shall dump, deposit, discharge, spill or release waste, and no person shall place or cause to be placed rubbish or offensive matter on a public street. No person shall, while driving a vehicle, or while being conveyed in a vehicle, throw or deposit waste on any public road or on any private premises within the municipal area and no driver of a vehicle shall allow or permit any passenger in such vehicle to throw or deposit such waste in a like manner. There are many other provisions with regard to maintaining cleanliness and hygiene in the city. As per the Bye-Laws, in case of any contravention of these Byelaws, fine ranging from Rs. 500/- to Rs. 10,000/- as provided in the Schedule -1 of the Bye Laws shall be imposed for each occasion of offence. In case repetition of the offence, the fine amount will be doubled.

The Secretary PBMC informed that there will zero tolerance against the persons/firms who litter on public streets or fail to maintain premises clean. The process of imposing fines will be further intensified in next few days. PBMC has already issued a Public Notice on 24.10.2017 that special drives will be started from 01.11.2017 and more than 250 persons have been fined so far. In next few days, the markets at Junglighat, Delanipur, Haddo and BathuBasti area will also be covered.

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