Segregate garbage or pay fine: Bengaluru on Garbage free campaign!

The Assembly on Friday passed an amendment Bill which seeks to impose a penalty ranging from Rs 100 to Rs 5,000 for not segregating garbage and urinating and littering in public places in all city corporations, including the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).

The Karnataka Municipal Corporations (Amendment) Bill 2013, piloted by Urban Development Minister Vinay Kumar Sorake, was approved in a voice vote.  However, members cutting across party affiliations advised the government not to rush through its implementation without making proper preparations. 

The Bill is yet to come up for consideration in the legislative council.  The government move to impose fines is based on the Karnataka High Court direction of 2012. The proposed Bill is aimed at ensuring scientific disposal of solid waste and maintaining cleanliness in public places. 

Besides fines for initial offences, the Bill also proposes imprisonment up to three months and a fine up to Rs 1,000 or both for a person who is convicted for the fifth time.

As per the Bill, any officer authorised by the corporation commissioner not below the rank of a group-B officer can impose the fine. Hefty fine has been proposed for violations by bulk garbage generators, dumping of building waste irregularly and failure to segregate and hand over garden waste, inert waste, sanitary, non-biodegradable and biomedical waste to the local body.


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