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TNN | Updated: Nov 17, 2019, 4:46 IST

Bhubaneswar: The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to impose penalty on residents of Smart City for urinating and defecating in open.
The measures have been taken to ensure that none is found polluting the city as the civic body has set up toilets and urinals at several places.
In an office order issued on Saturday, the BMC said, anyone found urinating in open will be fined Rs 150 and for defecating in open Rs 200. This will be implemented with immediate effect, said the order. “The approved solid waste management bylaws, 2018, for the BMC in its schedule- 6 indicates fine for defecating and urinating in open. The order supersedes all other previous orders of the corporation,” said the order.
BMC commissioner Prem Chandra Chaudhury said since there is already a provision in the solid waste management rules, the fines were decided. “The ward officers and the enforcement squads will implement the penalty collection. The enforcement squad will impose fine and give receipts to violators,” he said.
The BMC now has 193 toilets, which include community, public, smart and bio toilets. Twenty more smart toilets will be constructed soon, a BMC source said.
Initially, the BMC squads will make surprise checks along the major roads and sub-arteries to penalise violators. The sanitary inspectors will be tasked with imposing fine on people defecating in open.
In July, the civic body came up with the decision to impose penalty on people discharging toilet waste directly into the drains and open spaces under Faecal Sludge and Septage Management (FSSM) rules, 2018. On finding the violation, an administrative charge of Rs 5,000 will be imposed besides other user fees. The ward officers will serve notices to the houseowners and ask them to construct septic tank within 15 days, failing which, they will attract penalty.
In December 2014, the state government had given go-ahead to the BMC to collect user fees from the citizens for generating solid waste, stacking up construction debris and littering public places. The user fee is collected on the basis of area of a house or a business establishment. But it hit the roadblock after the residents moved court.

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