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Civic bodies to slap for street littering: HC
Shimla | Friday, Dec 14 2012 IST
 
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To curb the practice of street littering in the tourists resort of Kullu and Manali, the Civic bodies would be dealt with heavy handedly as HP High Court has directed both the bodies to slap fine up to Rs.200 and impose deterrent civic punishment for long community service against the offender. Hearing a petition on the pollution of Beas and Sarwari rivers in Kullu, the division bench of Himachal Pradesh High Court comprising Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjay Karol observed that some of our citizens do not hesitate to dirty the streets and the areas around their houses, but when they go abroad they comply with all the civic laws of that country. 'The civic bodies of Kullu and Manali towns can impose fines of Rs 200 against those who are found guilty of dirtying their own towns and villages in which they live, he or she should be punished by directing him to clean the area at least for a week.' The DV said in order passed here on Thursday a copy of which was supplied to media as well. "The time has come when harsh measures have to be taken against those who violate municipal laws. We are also of the view that penal provisions should include forcing the offender to do community service," the court observed. . "Now, the time has come when the penalty for dirtying should not be less than Rs 2,500 and the government should seriously consider imposing the minimum penalty of Rs 2,500 for violation of such municipal laws." the order said. The court directed the government to comply with the order taking a call on the issue by March 31 next year. Till the government takes its decision, the court authorised the municipal councils of Kullu and Manali and the Nagar Panchayat of Bhuntar to levy a fine ranging from Rs 25 to Rs 200 on commission of the first offence. "In case of a repeat offender, he can be punished by directing him to render community service by personally cleaning the public area in and around his premises in question under the provision of a senior officer of the municipal council for a period of at least one week. Video of this shall be taken to be produced in the court," it said. The bench said "if a person continues to pollute and dirty the area outside his house or shop or other premises and does not improve despite two opportunities given to him, the municipal council can stop the provision of municipal facilities, like water etc. In case of offences relating to commercial establishments, i.e. shops etc., their licenses shall be cancelled". At the same time, the court said the government might consider the framing of penal provisions. Civic authorities in major tourists destinations were facing major constraints, as street littering is prevalent due to soft norms anduncivilized nature of citizens including tourists who visited in the abundance. Increasing number of Monkeys, stray dogs and animal in such towns mostly thrive on Municipal wastes and street litters also creating menace as entire waste remained spilled on the road and around MC dustbins in the state. UNI ML BDP NS1310 NNNN

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