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    Beware: Now, defacing public places will cost you dear

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    Nagpur:
    The next time you dare to urinate or spit or dump garbage in public places, beware. Some watchful eyes would be keeping a tab on your ‘filthy’ activities and force you to cough up hefty fines. The Nagpur Municipal Corporation has decided to form Nuisance Detection Squad (NDS) to monitor ‘habits-die-hard’ people who spoil public places and fine them. The NDS will keep a watch in all 10 zones of NMC.

    The Standing Committee of NMC on Wednesday has approved formation of Nuisance Detection Squad (NDS) to penalise the truant citizens caught spitting, throwing garbage and for other defacement activities in public places. Sandeep Jadhav, Chairman of the Standing Committee said that the civic body will appoint two security guards in every Prabhag (total 76 security guards), 10 zone supervisors and one special executive officer. The local body will spend Rs 2.59 crore every year on the NDS.

    Jadhav said, the Statnding Committee has decided to double the fine from April 1, 2018. Now onwards, the marriage halls and lawns throwing food waste in the open would be levied hefty fines to the tune of Rs 50,000 as per the directions of National Green Tribunal. Similarly, Burning of garbage in the open will also attract a fine of Rs 100. Earlier, there was no provision in the original proposal but the Standing Committee members suggested these changes in the penalty. The NDS, to be constituted in every Prabhag, will levy fine on persons for spitting, throwing garbage on roads and rivers and for displaying posters and banners on the public property without permission.

    The shops and establishments caught littering outside their premises will be fined on the spot. To ensure transparency, the squad members will be provided with electronic hand-held devices, which will be linked with the NMC’s e-governance system.

    Following is the fine chart for spoiling public places:

    • Spitting in public places — Rs 50
    • Open defecation – Rs 100
    • Hawkers throwing waste on roads – Rs 200
    • Citizens littering in open spaces – Rs 50
    • Shopkeepers throwing waste – Rs 200
    • Guilty educational institutions – Rs 500
    • Hospitals throwing waste – Rs 1000
    • Malls, party halls, hotels etc. – Rs 1000
    • Tying animals in public places – Rs 500
    • Throwing slaughterhouse waste – Rs 500

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