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Civic noose tightens around eateries

Jan. 3: The Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) has intensified its waste-management drive against commercial establishments littering the roads and footpaths.

It is enforcing civic norms with fines and showcause notices to restaurants, hotels and shops littering the roads and footpaths with garbage.

In the past week, the corporation has already fined and issued showcause notices to 10 restaurants on GS Road for dumping garbage on the roadside. These restaurants have also been given a week’s time to respond to the notices, failing which they will lose their trade licence.

“Despite repeated warnings, a number of restaurants, hotels and other business establishments have been continuously flouting civic norms and dumping garbage on the roadside or footpaths. Our enforcement officials were monitoring the situation and those found dumping waste products for more than 10 days were issued showcause notices. At present, we are concentrating on GS Road and so far issued notices to 10 restaurants, asking them to explain within a week’s time why they have been littering the roadsides. They have also been fined according to the GMC norms,” the deputy commissioner of the municipal corporation, Kavita Padmanavan, said.

“Any commercial establishment operating with a GMC trade licence and found flouting garbage-disposal rules will be issued such notices. Apart from restaurants and hotels, shops selling car accessories have been found to pollute the surroundings by throwing rubber and plastics on the roadside and drains, which block them. Only two of the 10 restaurants served notices have responded, agreeing to cooperate with our workers. If the remaining ones do not respond, we will take strict action and cancel their trade licences,” she added.

After GS Road, the corporation will penalise other commercial establishments flouting norms in other areas.

The corporation was earlier planning to retain the additional workers it had engaged to clean the city ahead of the India-Asean car rally in December. But now it will retain only a few of these additional workers.

“We will be retaining only a few of the additional workers who were employed ahead of the Asean-Indian Car Rally. Since the city generates a huge amount of garbage on a daily basis, the workers will work on the second shift to collect garbage from roadside bins in various localities as well as clean the streets,” said Padmanavan.