Kolkata was recently in the news for taking over New Delhi in order to become one of the most polluted cities in India. The word ‘polluted’ doesn’t only mean the pollutants in the air but also the litter on the ground that is making living conditions in the city unbearable.
After Chief Minister of the state, Mamata Banerjee finally gave attention to the situation, some amendments were made. According to the Indian Express, the West Bengal Assembly passed a bill to increase the penalty for those littering in public places.
Reportedly, CM Mamata also found out that the newly inaugurated Dakshineshwar skywalk was stained with paan stains and was very upset with this. Following this, the previous fine of a minimum of Rs 50 and a maximum of Rs 5000 have now been revised to Rs 500 and Rs 1 lakh, respectively.
For implementing this rule, Mamata Banerjee has formed an 11-member committee to keep a check on people spitting and littering in public places.
Recently, there has been a cleanliness wave in different cities: Pune has imposed a new law to ensure that the people don’t spit in public. Bengaluru, on the other hand, has begun to fine those riding bikes on footpaths.