People should learn not to litter: Bombay HC
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Last Updated: Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 22:30
Mumbai: People should learn not to dispose garbage in public places and avoid littering on the streets and in gardens, the Bombay High Court said on Wednesday while hearing a PIL seeking restoration of the clean-up marshals by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.

Clean-up marshals keep watch at important landmarks and fine people on the spot if caught spitting or littering.

The division bench of Justices Ranjana Desai and R V More was hearing PIL filed by NGO All India Human Rights Association, challenging the civic body's decision to abruptly discontinue the scheme on December 31, 2010.

However, the BMC counsel informed the Court that the system had been resumed and it deployed 656 clean-up marshals afresh in the city this month. The corporation has awarded the contract in this regard to a private agency which will expire in June 2012.

Appreciating the effort put in by the corporation, Justice Desai said, "Awareness must begin from the citizens also. People just litter everywhere and walk away. You see our (HC) corridors and premises. Sweepers clean it every morning but see the condition by evening."

While disposing of the PIL, the Court suggested that local corporators may take up the responsibility of keeping their wards clean.


First Published: Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 22:30

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