CHANDIGARH: On the fourth day of the Chandigarh municipal corporation’s (MC) drive, many residents who were challaned for not segregating dry and wet waste were seen pleading to the authorities to give them another chance.
Even though the Chandigarh MC has started waste segregation at household level from Saturday, the city residents feel that the civic body should have spread more awareness on how to segregate waste.
According to the notice issued, the corporation will not accept mixed garbage and violators would be penalised according to the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016. The MC has recently released a public notice making waste segregation mandatory in the city.
Ravinder, a resident of Sector 20 who was challaned by the MC officials on Tuesday morning for not segregating waste claimed that he was unaware about waste segregation. He said instead of slapping fines, they should issue warnings to violators, as most residents are not aware about waste segregation.
Garbage collectors have complained that the process of segregation is very time consuming. Raman, a garbage collector in Sector 36 said “I collect garbage from around 80 houses and surprisingly on the fourth day, only five were found segregating waste. It is a time-consuming process as after the implementation of the policy, I get to go home after 6.30pm.”
President of Sector 18 RWA Sunil Chopra said, “The garbage collectors present here are not aware about waste segregation. Not only them, people do not know how to differentiate between dry and wet waste. The MC is penalising violators without properly spreading awareness about segregation in any part of the city.”
Crawfed chairman Hitesh Puri said “From the past two weeks, I have been informing all the RWAs to segregate waste through social media groups. To enforce this policy in an effective manner, the garbage collectors must not accept waste which is not segregated. This will force the residents to segregate it from the next day.”
MC additional commissioner S K Jain said “Awareness on our part is in full swing. We have been making people aware about dry and wet waste through various mediums.”