Shillong: Littering In Public Is Now Criminal, Violators Liable To Pay A Fine Of Rs 5000
Keeping the spirit of ‘Clean and Green Shillong’ alive, the East Khasi Hills district police have adopted a stringent approach to deal with pollution and littering in public places and tourist spots while issuing a strict warning to those found violating the lawful orders, reported The NorthEast Today.
Davis NR Marak, the Superintendent of Police, East Khasi Hills has stated in pursuance of section 101 of Meghalaya Police Act 2010 advising all citizens to keep order on public roads, streets and all the tourist spots in East Khasi Hills District.
He said while talking to The Logical Indian, “The citizens are advised to desist from causing obstruction, injury or annoyance to passerby, or cause pollution and littering in any public roads and Tourists spot in East Khasi Hills district.” Adding that any person not obeying the lawful orders is liable to be arrested under section 102 of Meghalaya Police Act, 2010 and on conviction by a court of law will be liable to be fined Rs 5000.
“We have arrested almost 17 people so far who were seen littering in public places and have violated the empowering section 101 of Meghalaya Police Act 2010,” he said.
The advisory is being enforced by the state police in East Khasi Hills District, which attracts major tourist inflow in the state. The statement further said that all tourists visiting the tourist spots are also advised to carry garbage bags in their vehicles to throw wrappers of food materials and water bottles and finally dump them in appropriate dustbins.
When asked about the reaction and response from people, Marak said, “People are complying the act, they are happy with it. Cleanliness should not only be confined to cleaning one’s own surroundings, rather we should actively participate in activities such as planting trees, making a conscious decision to not litter in public places, segregate our waste etc.,”
He further added that good sanitation has a direct impact on health, so cleanliness and proper sanitation should be an integral part of our lives. “East Khasi Hills Police is enthusiastically anticipating cooperation from the general public and tourists visiting the district,” he said.
Marak said that the notice was issued as part of an ongoing campaign to keep the capital and the district clean. A supervisory committee, headed by the chief secretary, monitors the cleanliness and hygiene in Shillong.
He said that the committee had a meeting in June this year, and has had 11 meetings so far. The committee has representatives from the urban affairs department, Shillong Municipal Board, Shillong Cantonment Board, Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council, Shillong police and Hima Mylliem (Mylliem state).
To come up with ideas to make Shillong more livable, the urban affairs department will organise the Hackathon 2017 next month where the best minds will come up with solutions on detection of non-biodegradable waste, open dumping of waste, cleanliness in commercial and tourist spots, water leakage and a host of other issues.
As a part of Swachh Bharat, Marak has taken an initiative not only to make Shillong city clean but also to quell the crimes of social evil and traffic problems. He passed an order – RE/GEN/PT.II/2017/3051-3106, on 16 June 2017 to all Officers-In-Charge of police stations, In-Charges of each police unit in East Khasi Hills District to conduct cleaning drive on a self-help basis to keep surroundings clean.
“On 2nd Saturday of each month, we enthusiastically participate in the drive and also try to involve people to voluntarily participate in the cleaning of their surroundings,” Marak said.
The Logical Indian community applauds the efforts that have been taken by the East Khasi Hills District Police to make Shillong city clean. Their dedication and commitment to the cause is an inspiration to the country.