Berhampur, August 13 (LocalWire): As part of its cleanliness drive and to ensure public places are not blocked by illegal dumping or any similar acts, the Berhampur Municipal Corporation (BeMC) has decided to impose a penalty for littering, urinating at public places and open defecation.
The initiative saw BeMC imposing a fine of Rs 10 each on 20 people who were caught urinating at public places during the last fortnight, and a hefty Rs 10,000 fine on a person who blocked the road by dumping building construction material.
“Initially we created awareness among the people about the civic body’s decision to impose a penalty. We will strictly enforce the decision and collect fines from the violators from September,” BeMC commissioner Chakravarti Singh Rathore said.
The civic body has decided to impose a fine ranging from Rs 100 to Rs 10,000 for littering, Rs 10 for urinating at public places and Rs 50 for open defecation in BeMC limits, he said.
“We have assigned nine sanitary inspectors (SI) to create awareness among the people against urinating, defecation and dumping garbage in public places. They have also been asked to collect fine from those who violate the decision,” the commissioner said.
“Our aim is to create awareness among the people by imposing nominal fine amount, as we have a long vision to make Berhampur as a Smart City. In the Smart City, the public should need to be smart,” he added.
The commissioner also informed that before strictly cracking down on the violators, the civic body has decided to install signboards in different public places indicating the location of nearby public and community toilets and urinal for the convenience of the public.
As per the Swachha Bharat Mission (SBM), any person can use the toilet of any nearby hostel, and the petrol pumps have also been mandated to provide such facilities.
Presently the BeMC has 39 urinal points in 13 different locations, while there are 63 community and public toilets.
“We will soon change the design of the urinal points for the convenient of the users,” the commissioner said, adding that BeMC will soon convene a meeting of the hoteliers and ask them to allow the use of their toilets by the public at the time of need.
BeMC has been declared as the open defecation free (ODF) on Gandhi Jayanti on 2 October last year. The civic body is now trying to get the Smart City tag for Berhampur from the Central government.