Offenders to pay fine of Rs 500 for peeing publicly

Offenders to pay fine of Rs 500 for peeing publicly

Peeved over the habit of passengers urinating anywhere or everywhere on the railway station premises, the railway mandarins have, of late, made the penal provisions more stringent, wherein even a travelling ticket examiner (TTE) can impose a fine of up to Rs 500 on anyone found peeing in and around the premises.

As part of its cleanliness drive, the Railway Board has recently made the necessary changes in the fine structure for people caught littering at railway stations. As per the latest circular issued by the board, even a TTE can impose a fine of Rs 500 instead of earlier penal provision of Rs 100.

The earlier rule stipulated that only gazetted officers could impose such fines or a TTE could do so only if a gazetted officer is accompanying him. But in the revised rules, anyone caught littering in the train or the station premises could be penalised even by a TTE.

“We have already started an awareness campaign about the cleanliness drive in Patna. Before launching a crackdown on the offenders, we are giving ample opportunity to the people to make amends and avoid penal action,” said a senior official of East Central Railway posted in the Danapur division.

“There has been a constant demand that Patna be made a world class station. But anyone who gets down at the station here, can find himself amid pools of urine at the entrance and the exit gate. Apart from the filth and odour, religious sentiments of the people also get hurt, as people detrain here for their onward journey to Bodh Gaya and Nalanda. Besides, there is a well-renowned Hanuman temple, a masjid and a Buddha Park, just a few metres away from the entrance gate. But then, those who pee in public care a damn about the historical, religious and tourist importance. Such people deserve to be punished,” said the official supervising the cleanliness drive.

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