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pcmc: Pimpri Chinchwad civic body hikes fines for illegal trash disposal by up to 200% | Pune News

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PIMPRI CHINCHWAD: Taking a tough stand against illegal disposal of garbage within the civic limits, the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation on Tuesday decided to increase the penalty for littering on roads or in public places by over 200 times for some violations hoping it would act as a deterrent.
The current penalty for dumping garbage by truck is Rs180. Soon, the offenders would be charged Rs50,000.
The fine of Rs180 has been uniform for low as well as high quantity littering in the civic limits. After reporting of large-scale dumping of garbage in many parts of the civic areas, the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) decided to charge offenders Rs500 for low-quantity littering.
Anil Roy, medical officer, PCMC, said a notification about the revised penalties for littering would be issued shortly. The decision on upward revision of fines for littering was taken in the standing committee meeting convened by the administrator and the Pimpri Chinchwad municipal commissioner, Rajesh Patil.
Roy told TOI, “The hefty rise in penalty is aimed at instilling fear for littering fine among citizens as well as establishments. The existing fine of Rs180 was way too low for offenders to not dump garbage once again. The civic body had to shell out money to carry the dumped garbage to the waste processing unit earlier.”
Apart from revising the existing penalties, PCMC decided to introduce fines for some activities that did not exist earlier.
“For example, we have introduced fines ranging from Rs1,000 to Rs10,000 for creating mosquito breeding places across residential, commercial or under-construction places,” Roy said.
According to him, the Pimpri Chinchwad civic body intends to make sure the cleanliness habits are inculcated among residents and there is no scope for taking things for granted.
“If we succeed in changing the habit among residents and establishments, the Swachh ranking of Pimpri Chinchwad will automatically improve. Last year, the city ranked 19th. This year, we want to feature among the top five cities in the country. The ultimate aim is to top the ranking in future,” he said.
The penalty for burning garbage in low quantity in public places would remain Rs5,000, though. Rs25,000 would be charged for burning garbage in high quantity, which is the existing penalty amount.

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