Construction materials dumped along roads in Bhubaneswar. Pictures by Ashwinee Pati
Bhubaneswar, May 19: A few days after fixing a fine of Rs 3,000 for individuals and agencies dumping construction and demolition waste indiscriminately, the municipal corporation has hiked the penalty to Rs 6,500 with immediate effect.
Now, the civic body will lift waste materials and dump it at the designated dumping site, but will collect the charge from the violators.
The three respective zonal divisional commissioners of the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) will ensure that a fine of Rs 6,500 per tractor load of construction and demolition waste is collected from the violators. Of this, Rs 1,500 will be transportation charges, while the remaining Rs 5,000 will be administrative charges.
"We will not tolerate even 1 kg of construction and demolition waste on the roads. Every violator will be penalised under this new provision, which we have made under the new construction and demolition waste management rules. The zonal commissioners will bring to notice the piling of such garbage to make us work in an efficient manner," said municipal commissioner Krishan Kumar.
On May 1, the civic body had decided to take stringent measures and imposed heavy fines on individuals and government agencies, including public works department and public health engineering organisation, for irregular dumping of construction and demolition waste in the city.
Sources said Sachivalaya Marg, especially the area near Ananda Bazaar Square, is a favourite spot for dumping such waste by the public works department. "We had lifted the waste material from the sites and sent notices with the bills to the government agencies. If they continue to do so, they will be charged heavily from now on," said an official of the civic body.
In March last year, the environment ministry had come up with the new construction and demolition waste management rules. According to the new rules, the agency or individual generating waste from construction, remodelling, repair and demolition of any structure will bear the responsibility to handle the waste in a proper manner.
While the civic body will designate a dump yard, but those generating the waste will bear the responsibility to transport it to the identified sites. Since the implementation of the rule seems a difficult task, the civic body under the by-law, has come up with the provision of levying fine on the violators in such a manner.
The municipal corporation has provided two such sites for dumping waste at Patia and another near Kargil Basti in the airport area. "We are committed to ensure cleanliness and keep the city beautiful. We will not tolerate such violations, and therefore have decided to hike the fine and rigorously implement the new rules," said mayor Ananta Narayan Jena.