BMC Slaps Rs 10-K Fine On State Secretariat For Not Segregating Waste
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has issued notices to 209 bulk waste generators in south Mumbai, including the state secretariat, and slapped Rs 10,000 fine on each one of them for not segregating waste and treating it.
A senior official of the BMC said these bulk waste generators included several government establishments, hotels, exhibition organisers, malls, etc.
"They were neither following the segregation rules nor responding to our reminders. Therefore, we issued notices to them and slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 on each one of them," he said.
The notices were issued under the provisions of Section 368 of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act, which gives power to the ward officer to impose a penalty up to Rs 10,000 on offenders.
"The notices were issued recently after our inspection teams found that these establishments were not following the rules of waste segregation. We applied a common yardstick, and issued noticed to each of these establishments, including the state secretariat and also to the societies where judges and IAS officers stay," Municipal Commissioner of A-ward Kiran Dighawkar said.
The responsibility of managing the daily affairs of the government buildings lies with the Public Works Department, and it will be liable to pay the penalty.
"After the notices were served, a few people came forward saying they would follow the rules, while a few others sought an extension of the deadline for the segregation of waste," Dighawkar said.
Acting tough, the BMC had recently de-registered 253 Advanced Locality Management (ALM) groups for failing to follow the rules of better waste management in housing societies and neighbourhoods.
With inputs from Housing News