Thursday, June 21, 2007

DUMP GARBAGE ON THE ROADSIDE AND BE PENALISED

GANGTOK, June 20: Be careful before you decide to dumb your garbage on the roadside during the night.

You may just end up being roughed up by the cops and fined for this act.

The Sadar Thana Police have challaned 67 individuals found guilty of dumping their wastes on the road especially at night time under the cover of darkness in the last one week.

Cops both in uniform and in plain clothes have taken a new role these days-that of nabbing opportunist Gangtokians sneaking in the dead of the night and casually dumping all their day’s garbage right on the roads.

This callous practice was uncovered by the cops during the course of their night patrolling duty. Dumping the garbage on the roadsides, along the 31 National Highway and the arterial roads in the Capital seem to be the easy way out for most Gangtokians, faced with rudimentary garbage disposal and management practices and system in place. It is left for the safaikarmacharis deployed by the Urban Development and Housing Department to clear off the waste during the wee hours of the morning on a daily basis.

An officer in the Sadar Thana said that despite garbage pick-up trucks being made available by the UD&HD every morning for the local populace to drop off garbage in the morning, some people rather than waiting for the truck, find it convenient to dispose the garbage on the roadsides.

The dumped garbage along the roads during the nights get carried away by rainwater to the nearby drains and jhoras which eventually lead to blockage of the drains and accumulation of filth on the jhoras.

Those caught on the wrong side of the law and challaned by the Sadar Thana Police on behalf of the UD&HD are later produced before the judicial magistrate fined Rs 50 as a penalty.

Meanwhile, those faced with no choice but to dump the garbage on the roadsides blame the UD&HD machinery for failing to reach all areas to clear off the garbage at regular intervals.

Officials from UD&HD refused to comment on the issue, saying that only the head of the Department is entitled to speak to the Press.