PMC fails to act against spitters on its premises

ST Correspondent
Sunday, 12 May 2019

The PMC took the decision to appoint a special squad of 134 people to take regular action against spitters and litterers. 

Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is taking action against spitters in different parts of the city, but they have failed to keep their own backyard free from spitters. 

The corporation had started a started a drive against spitters and litterers recently. Till date, the PMC has collected a total Rs 42 lakh from 17,390 offenders who were found spitting, littering and using plastic bags in the city. Interestingly, the administrative body failed to take action against those who committed this offence at the very main corporation building.

The visitors and employees were seen spitting in broad daylight in the corporation campus and corporation was not taking any action against the offenders.

When asked, Dnyaneshwar Molak, Joint Municipal Commissioner of Solid Waste Management Department, said, “We have formed a team of nine employees to take action against spitters and litterers. We have collected fines in
the PMC premises also.”

He further said, “We have limitations in cleaning the area, as we don’t have the machinery to clean that area on a daily basis. However, we are trying to clean the areas once in a week.”

From May 1 till date, the corporation has taken action against 98 spitters and around 30,000 offenders for littering.

In the last week of March, PMC resumed the drive to make people stop spitting and littering in public places, which was halted during Lok Sabha election in Pune. The PMC took the decision to appoint a special squad of 134 people to take regular action against spitters and litterers. 

As per solid waste management rules-2016, fine amount of Rs 150 is levied for spitting in public places, throwing garbage on roads (Rs 180), open defecation (Rs 500) and littering (Rs 200). Corporation has published the fine amounts in various newspapers and instructed the public to follow rules of solid waste management. 

During Swachh Survekshan-2018, the corporation had started cleanliness drive across the city. Unfortunately, despite several new initiatives launched to execute Swachh Survekshan 2019, Pune could not retain its 10th rank. Pune has dropped from 10th to 37th rank in the country. Now, the corporation has decided to start preparation to improve the rank for the upcoming Swachh 
Survekshan.

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