New Delhi: The East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) has announced that a penalty will be imposed for not segregating waste at the source. The penalty will be imposed on residents who will fail to segregate household garbage.
As per the order, the residents will have a penalty of Rs 200 per default starting from January 1, 2022. Moreover, the EDMC said that for improper disposal of construction and demolition waste, penalties of Rs 1,000 for residential areas and Rs 5,000 for non-residential areas will be imposed.
The east corporation had also imposed user charges on commercial, institutional and industrial areas from July onwards. A civic body official said that they have not been taking user charges from residential areas so far. “We expect people to cooperate with us in keeping the areas clean,” he said.
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CitySpidey talked to General Secretary of IP Extension Society Mahasangh, Madan Khatri, he said, “This is an arbitrary move from the EDMC. A penalty of Rs 200 per default is exorbitant. The east corporation has been coming with arbitrary orders in the recent past. They should find other ways to ensure compliance of waste segregation.”
“The civic body should go ahead to implement new rules by following proper system. There was no public consultation before the move. I would say that instead of imposing hefty penalties, they should educate people more about its importance. They should extensively carry out awareness drives. It is always better to make people aware of the benefits of segregation. I am not saying that the segregation of waste at the source is not important. It should happen and we should motivate residents to do it. They should understand its importance,” he said.