Odisha: BMC forms squads to monitor indiscriminate disposal of faecal sludge

Bhubaneswar: A day after the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) decided to impose fine on persons for open defecation and urination under its jurisdiction, the civic body today formed two enforcement squads to prevent illegal and indiscriminate disposal of faecal sludge and septage in different parts of the city.

The enforcement squads will comprise of officials from BMC, police, traffic and RTO.

An order issued by the civic body said the enforcement squads will monitor illegal and indiscriminate disposal of faecal sludge and septage at roadside drain on both sides of Baramunda bus stop flyover.

They will also keep a strict vigil on vehicles disposing faecal sludge in drains near cosmopolis housing complex, Khandagiri; road side drain between Fire Station Square to CRP Square; road side drain between Jaydev Vihar square to Acharya Vihar square; drain passing between Club Town, Patia; Lingipur to Palasuni (bye pass road), Silicon Village to Sikharchandi Chhak (opposite Cyber Chhak) and other prominent places in the city.

The order further said the enforcement squads will impose penalties on violators as per the schedule II of the FSSM regulation 2018.

This apart, the officials will ensure that the sludge of the impounded vehicle is emptied at Basuaghai treatment plant.

In an order, the BMC yesterday said people will have to pay a penalty of Rs 200 for open defecation and Rs 150 for open urination.

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