Nagpur: It’s a common perception that the citizens living in West Nagpur area, particularly the , are more educated as compared to those in other parts of the city. But a report by nuisance detection squad (NDS) put them on top for “lack of civic sense” among all ten zones of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC).
The zone comes under chief minister Devendra Fadnavis’s southwest constituency.
Commencing their patrolling drive from December 11 last year, the NDS caught 1,631 residents and shopkeepers from this zone for creating civic nuisance and collected a fine of Rs 12.14 lakh from them. Most of the violators were caught for littering in public places, followed by encroachments on footpath and urinating in open spaces, as per the statistics compiled by the NMC.
After Laxmi Nagar zone, the squad caught 1,549 citizens from Mangalwari zone, which includes areas like Sadar, Chhaoni, Raj Nagar and collected fine of Rs 12.56 lakh from them. It was followed by Ashi Nagar, which includes areas such as Jaripatka, Nara Nari etc. Here, the civic cops caught 1,462 people and recovered Rs 15 lakh fine. The civic cops keep a close watch in areas like bus stops and railway stations for anyone littering and spitting, apart from committing other civic offences, said an officer from NMC’s sanitation department.
Retired defence personnel appointed as civic cops are doing their job well. Despite instances of interference by the political parties, 10,585 violators were fined Rs 97.32 lakh in the first eight months of NDS’ launch in December last year.
As per the report, dumping construction material on the roads and footpaths is one of the biggest nuisances. The squad had penalized 3,642 citizens and recovered Rs 51.52 lakh from them so far. It was followed by action on hawkers (1,799 cases and Rs 4.60 lakh fine), garbage dumping (908 cases and Rs 2.32 lakh fine) and 798 cases of open defecation and urinating (Rs 1.01 lakh fine).
NDS also penalized 257 traders for keeping banned plastic bags and utensils and collected a fine of Rs 12.17 lakh.
Till March 31 this year, 7,368 Nagpurians were fined over Rs 49.97 lakh. As citizens were not paying any heed to the restrictions imposed by the NMC and continued polluting the city’s environment, the fine amount was doubled from April 1.
As per the revised rules, civic cops started collecting Rs 100-10,000 fine for such acts. The fine for spitting has been revised from Rs 50 to Rs 100, while the penalty for open urination has been doubled from Rs 100 to Rs 200.
But it seems that the act has failed to deter citizens as civic cops continue to fine them for polluting the city, the officer said.
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