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Stringent anti-litter laws necessary: Councillor

The issue of constituting Anti-Litter Law is likely to be taken up in the meeting of the General House of the Municipal Corporation.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: July 20, 2012 2:02:29 am

The issue of constituting Anti-Litter Law is likely to be taken up in the meeting of the General House of the Municipal Corporation.

Nominated councillor of the civic body,Surinder Bahga has proposed that a discussion on the issue be held in the house as the existing laws do not seem sufficient to deal with the problem of littering.

Bahga says that the models being followed in different countries need to be studied and the best practices adopted.

He said that stringent laws are required to prevent people from throwing garbage outside bins. At present,Municipal Corporation has rules under which anyone found littering in the city is fined Rs 500. However,the fines are rarely imposed with officials taking the plea of shortage of staff. Bahga said,“Chandigarh should take the lead and frame laws that are stringent enough to be a deterrent for those who litter. People throwing garbage out of windows of cars or those urinating in open should be fined on the spot.”

Bahga’s proposal for stringent laws is likely to be mooted in the meeting of the MC. The proposal was mooted after the visit of an architect from US who pointed out that despite being City Beautiful,the level of sanitation in Chandigarh was low. Heaps of garbage can be seen in many sectors.

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