In a bid to curb mosquito-borne diseases and promote sanitation and hygiene, the Uttar Pradesh Government has said that it will take legal action against the house owners who cause waterlogging by dumping solid waste in drains.
The directives have been issued by the Urban Development’s principal secretary to all the district magistrates, municipal commissioners and other authorities of urban local bodies.
As per the state urban development officers, the number of cases of dengue across the state has increased this year and is at a much higher rate than that of the previous years. The main reason cited behind rise in cases of dengue is poor sanitation and hygiene in the residential areas. Garbage-littered and water blocked drains are the area of breeding for mosquitoes.
As per the order, the authority initially will issue a notice to house owners dumping garbage in drains causing waterlogging. If the situation remains unchanged the penalty will be imposed.
The civic body will take all the expenditure done on clean-up from the owner, and an FIR will be registered against those who fail to pay the penalty at a given time.
“Orders for action against those causing waterlogging and dumping waste in drains have been received. Sanitary inspectors have been asked to identify such people. Action will soon be initiated against them. As per rules, Rs 5,000 penalty will be recovered from people found dumping solid waste in drains, which can go up to Rs 50,000, depending on quantity and type of waste dumped,” Rajiv Rathi, AMC Executive, said.