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CMC levies user fee

Cuttack, Feb. 15: Cuttack Municipal Corporation has decided to act tough on those littering on roads. The civic body will collect a user fee from various bulk producers of solid waste including kalyan mandaps and hotels.

“Depending on the size of the commercial centre, kalyan mandaps and hotels, a user fee would be imposed for the collection and disposal of solid waste,” said city health officer P.K. Pradhan.

This is for the first time that the civic body has decided to charge user fee because many hotels, restaurants and nursing homes have been found disposing waste on the roadside. The move will ensure that the waste generated by various institutions is collected and scientifically disposed of by the corporation.

Malls, other congregation centres and nursing homes will have to pay between Rs 200 and Rs 4,000 a month to the corporation for disposal of solid waste generated by them. The corporation aims to collect Rs 60 lakh annually from this drive.

No additional manpower would be deployed and existing sweepers and other sanitary employees will be engaged to collect and dispose of such waste.

There are more than 1,000 hotels, restaurants and other eateries and over 50 kalyan mandaps that generate solid waste during various events.

“After a wedding or any other function, one can find heaps of garbage dumped along various kalyan mandaps. It takes about two days to clear such garbage,” said Satyabrata Das, a resident of Kanika Chhak.

Das hoped that the new move would ensure timely disposal of waste generated by various social gatherings.