Throwing and burning of waste in open can cost Rs 500

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BENGALURU: G Parameshwara, Bengaluru Urban Development Minister announced that the fine for indiscriminate garbage dumping and the burning of waste has been increased from Rs 100 to Rs 500. He emphasised that this rule will be followed strictly.

Parameshwara was addressing reporters at the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Office in Malleswaram following a meeting with officials from the civic body’s Solid Waste Management Department.

“There are black spots on the sides of the roads because of haphazard waste dumping and burning. So the proposal was made to increase the amount of fine from Rs 100 to Rs 500. We will also appoint a retired army personnel to monitor and penalise offenders,” he said.

The retired army personnel will act as garbage marshals in each ward. Currently, 15 marshals are working under the BBMP as part of a pilot project. The garbage marshals are being introduced as per the court orders and were proposed by the BBMP to the state government.

“Retired army personnel will be appointed to monitor indiscriminate garbage dumping as soon as the state government gives its assent to the proposal,” confirmed Gangambike Mallikarjun, Mayor BBMP.

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