Rs 500 Fine For Open Defecation In Maharashtra, Rs 150 Fine For Spitting In Public Places

| January 4 , 2018 , 09:18 IST

In an attempt to reduce open defecation, which poses a threat to both health and the environment, the Maharashtra government has announced that anyone caught defecating in the open will receive a spot fine of Rs 500. Similarly, spitting in public places will attack a spot fine of Rs 100 to Rs 150, while urinating in public will be fined from Rs 100 to Rs 200.

The notification of the fines was announced in a Government Resolution (GR) issued by the urban development department recently. According to the GR, municipal corporations and councils are now authorised to levy spot fines on people and institutions under provisions of the Solid Waste Management Act, 2016.

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In addition, people or institutions found guilty of throwing garbage, dirt or waste material on roads and highways would be liable to pay spot fines ranging from Rs 150 to Rs 180.

The GR announcement was made on the lines of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by the central government.

Although President Ram Nath Kovind on October 1, 2017 declared the entire urban Mahrashtra as open defecation free, it is still not one of the 5 states to be declared officially as an Open Defecation Free (ODF) state. Currently, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Haryana, Sikkim and most recently Arunachal Pradesh, have been declared officially as ODF states.