New Delhi: With an aim to intensify its efforts to keep Connaught Place, the heart of the capital, clean, the New Delhi Municipal Council on Friday launched an 'anti-spitting' drive under the 'Swachh Bharat' mission.
Meenakshi Lekhi, MP of the New Delhi area and a member of the council, in a symbolic gesture today painted some of the pillars in Connaught Place which were in shabby condition and had betel stains.
She urged the public not to spit at public places as it can spread many respiratory diseases like tuberculosis, bronchitis, pneumonia, and other infections.
The drive includes putting up posters and stickers linking spitting to health problems, especially those related to tobacco consumption and Connaught Place is the first area where the drive will be implemented.
Messages like "Don't spit as hundreds die of tuberculosis because spitting spreads the disease", "This is your own property", "Rs 100 fine for spitting" etc will soon be visible in CP.
Shakuntala D Gamlin, acting chairperson of NDMC, informed that under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Swachh Bharat' mission, the civic agency has also started a special drive to clean the markets.
NDMC has deployed additional staff to clean the areas. The civic agency will deploy four marshals who will keep a check on littering and spitting and they are also empowered to fine the violators.
Earlier, NDMC had ordered the cleanliness of backlanes of several colonies and areas which attract a high footfall of visitors, like Hanuman Temple road, Sarojini Nagar market, Connaught Place, etc.