Vikash Sharma

The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to impose Rs 5,000 fine on traders at Unit-1 haat in the city if they dump waste on the road.

The decision comes in the wake of rampant violation in the solid waste management which was detected by the BMC Commissioner Vijay Amruta Kulange during a surprise inspection on Sunday night.

According to Kulange, he had visited the area to see how the traders were disposing their waste after closing their shops. It was found that most of the traders were dumping entire waste on road, he said.

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“We have warned the traders to keep separate dustbins, one for wet and another for dry solid waste. Keeping dustbins is mandatory and we will fine such traders Rs 5,000 for such violation,” said Kulange.

The BMC Commissioner further informed that a fine of Rs 500 will be slapped on those who will not provide the waste in segregated forms. The segregation of waste is essential for efficient function of the Micro Compost Centre (MCC) and Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in each wards.

Apart from this, 100 per cent door-to-door collection of waste and segregation is essential for such units. The BMC Commissioner said it becomes difficult to segregate the solid waste if it is dumped on road.