Taking strict action against dumping of waste in river Ganga, the District magistrate of Varanasi -Surendra Singh – has ordered authorities to slap a fine of ₹50,000 on any person found littering thrice, reports Hindustan Times.

Urban Update

The same person will have to pay ₹2000 on the first occasion, and ₹10,000 on second.

Hindustan Times quoted the DM as saying:

If the person doesn’t mend his / her ways and is found dumping the waste into the river for the second time, slap a financial penalty of ₹10,000. If the person repeats it for the third time, slap a fine of ₹50,000 on him.
The News Minute

There are penalties for dumping waste in canals, too. Anyone found dumping waste in them will be slapped with a fine of ₹1,000, ₹20,000 and ₹50,000 on first, second and third instances, respectively.

Similarly, if a shopkeeper is found without a dustbin, they will have to pay ₹2,000 on first instance, ₹5,000 on the second and ₹25,000 on third.

The Wire

The DM further stated that there will be surprise inspections to check whether a shopkeeper has kept a dustbin or not. 

Increasing pollution in Varanasi and river Ganga has been a concern for decades and we hope that these steps bring some positive outcomes.