Urinating in public to invite RS 100 fine

Urinating in public to invite RS 100 fine

The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike is likely to unveil a penal clause in a move to instill ‘civic sense’ among the citizenry.

The BBMP may penalise people for spitting, urinating and defecating in public places, with a fine of Rs 100.

As part of its proposed amendment to the Karnataka Municipal Corporation (KMC) bye-laws, the BBMP on September 20 will present before the Palike Council a list of fines prescribed against offenders. This move comes as a part of its initiative to clear garbage from the City streets.

Under Schedule-IA (schedule of fines), the BBMP has proposed a fine of Rs 100 for the offences, besides a fine of Rs 200 for littering the roads. A fine of Rs 100 was proposed for “burning of waste” by citizens.

As a part of its “Swacha Angala” programme, the Palike has provided a warning or “familiarisation” period of one month, during which fines will not be imposed. Once the period expires, the Palike will start penalising the offenders.

“For repeated offenders, the fines charged will be double the initial amount,” according to the draft proposal. Sources in the Palike said the BBMP will set up squads to catch the offenders red-handed. “For now, it is only a proposal.

Once implemented, squads are also likely to be formed,” said an official.
The schedule also mentions a penalty of Rs 500 for “not disposing of (non-household) fish, poultry and meat waste in the segregated manner as specified.” Besides, pet owners will be fined Rs 50 every time their pets relieve on roads.

Meanwhile, fine will be hiked by 10 per cent annually or as deemed appropriate by the palike chief, in other cases of bulk generation of waste.

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