Segregate waste or face jail: Karnataka govt

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Bangalore, July 26:In a move to make the city garbage-free in the next few months, the Siddaramaiah government here has decided to take stringent action against those who do not maintain the "one house two bins drive", initiated by the government. A defaulter for the fifth time now will face jail for 3 months or pay Rs 1,000 or both.

In fact, the state government has introduced the Karnataka Municipal Corporations (Amendment) Bill, 2013 to penalize those who litter, urinate or spit in public places. The ones who do not segregate wet and dry waste would be fined RS 100 for the first time, for the series of defaults following it Rs 500.

The penalty charges, however, go up if it is an industrial waste. For first-time offenders, the charge would be Rs 1,000 and for the subsequent times Rs 5,000.

The  government, further assures that the solid waste would be treated scientifically as per the guidelines prescribed by the Solid Waste (Handling and Management) Rules, 2000. This is in light of the fact that solid waste generated in all city corporation areas is very high.

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