Bhubaneswar: The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation has come up with a new rules and regulation today to levy administrative and sanitation charges from the organizations/ individuals who stage dharna in various dharna places within the jurisdiction of BMC.
The decision comes with the follow up of a high level meeting with the Additional Chief Secretary of home department dated 5th August this year on the issues related to maintenance of sanitation and hygiene at places of public meeting, dharanas, marriage processions and functions. The decision on the same has been communicated vide the home department letter no 2232/C dated 17th November 2017.
It was also decided by BMC vide its resolution passed on 11th September 2014 to levy administrative charges on all concerned who through garbage etc in the public places including roads and other area and the matter of levying such administrative charges on organizations conducting public meetings/demonstrations etc.
Now therefore, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation has decided to levy Sanitation & administrative Charges as per the following rates for providing sanitation support and cleaning of garbage from the venue of the Meetings / Dharana.
Minimum charges would be rs. 500/ per day. For public meeting for protest meetings from 100 to 500 persons charges will be Rs. 1000/-. For more than 500 persons the amount shall be charged on pro rata basis and Rs. 5/- per each more person shall be collected over and above 500 persons.
Levy Sanitation Charges on Marriage Processions:
Further, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation has decided to levy sanitation & administrative charges for taking out marriage and other processions. The Organisers of such functions and processions shall deposit Rs. 5000/-per day towards sanitation charges with the respective Zone offices.
It is further decided that competent licencing authorities may incorporate following conditions in the permissions/licenses being issued by them. Use of poythene bags or sheets which violates the plastic management rules 2016. Punishment shall be imposed on using of plastic in the marriage or other functions. Further the new order comes with restrictions on open defecation and public littering which would attract punishment by the authority.
BMC is keen on keeping the city clean, green and environment friendly. The decision comes after continuous news comes from various leading cities on matters related environment hazards.
The intention of all these restrictions is to keep the city an environment friendly place for the wider perspective of the citizens.