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BMC frames solid waste rules

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Mumbai, Mar 5 (UNI) In bid to keep the city clean and improve the quality of life of the citizen, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has framed solid waste management rules.

The objectives of rules are: to keep city clean with aim to increase public health and hygiene levels, no visible waste in public spaces, segregation of waste into specified types, maximum recycling of waste, preventing choking of drains and flooding of streets, improving public awareness and understanding of the waste problem and others, according to an official release here today.

The rules have been prepared by the BMC with inputs and experience of the Department of Solid Waste Management, the NGO (non-government organisation) Council, consultants and seven individuals, citizen groups and other organisations.

New rules are based on the mandatory requirements and guidelines incorporated in the Municipal Solid Wastes (Management and Handling) rules-2000.

The principles on which the rules have been framed are: the case and effectiveness of their implementation, the generator of waste and his/her individual or collective ability to comply with these rules, to encourage responsbile behaviour by all generators, by improving the public perception and understanding of the waste problem and so on, it added.

Penalties for contravention of the rules includes littering in any public place Rs 100, spitting Rs 50, bathing Rs 50, urinating Rs 50, defecating Rs 50, feeding groups of animals/birds in non-designated area Rs 50, washing utensils/cloths/any other objects Rs 100, not maintaining Saaf Aangan Rs 100 and others.

UNI ST SSS AG1642

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