Delhi HC Suggests Electronic Mode Of Fines For Littering
Citizens can now be fined on the spot for littering if the Delhi High Court's (HC's) suggestion to collect such fines through hand-held electronic devices is accepted by the civic bodies.
A Bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar made the observation after it was told about the notification of the new solid-waste management bye-laws, which introduce user fees for using municipal services and impose penalties for littering or violating waste management rules. The fees and penalties under the bye-laws would see a five per cent per annum increase, Delhi government's Additional Standing Counsel Sanjoy Ghosh said.
The user fees range from Rs 50 to Rs 5,000 based on the nature of the premises while the fines on each default would range from Rs 200 to Rs 10,000, depending on the nature of violation and the type of building. The monthly fines, applicable to resident welfare associations, gated communities or industrial units, range from Rs 10,000 to Rs 1 lakh, under the new bye-laws which the Delhi government notified on January 15.
The government told the court that any changes that the civic bodies had to make would have to be undertaken by the authority concerned in accordance with law.
The Bench asked all authorities to file status reports indicating the working or implementation of the bye-laws, and listed the matter for further hearing on February 27. It also pointed out that it had not seen any advertisements in the media on ensuring cleanliness in the city, and told the authorities to run ad campaigns similar to the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan on toilets.
The court had last year ordered framing of draft bye-laws after environmental experts had claimed that a major challenge facing solid-waste management was lack of such provisions.
The court is looking into the issue of solid waste management as it was of the view that garbage and lack of cleanliness contributed to spread of vector-borne diseases such as dengue and chikungunya.
With inputs from Housing News