Friday, December 23, 2011

Police warn against disposal of waste in public places

by Special Correspondent

Nodal officers to monitor progress of ‘Operation Sweep'

The police will take stringent action against those who dispose of garbage in public places. As part of the ‘Operation Sweep' launched by Kerala Police on November 22, Inspector General of Police (Thrissur Range) B. Sandhya has directed City Police Commissioner P. Vijayan to take stern action against those who throw garbage in the open.

The police have launched the programme following a judgement by the High Court (WP (c) No. 27052/11) against throwing solid waste in public places.

Mr. Vijayan warned against dumping septic tank waste in paddy fields and rivers. Those who pollute environment with plastic will be booked under Sections 268 read with sections 269 and 278 of the Indian Penal Code and 120 (e) of the Kerala Police Act.

Special patrolling

Special patrolling will be launched to check improper waste disposal. The entire police force will be sensitised on the High Court judgement. A nodal officer will be nominated at the district level, and an officer at each police station, to monitor the progress of ‘Operation Sweep'.

All police stations and armed reserve camps will be declared plastic-free zones. Each police station will prepare an action plan to detect and prevent roadside dumping and polluting rivers. Circle Inspectors will convene meetings in this connection at the Corporation, municipality and panchayat levels. Night patrol parties will be put on high alert.

The police stations will seek the support of political parties, residents' associations, social organisations and Kudumbashree units for implementing the programme. The IG has directed all police stations to function as models for waste disposal. Pits will be dug in all police stations to dispose biodegradable waste.

The police plan to convene meetings of shop-owners to ensure that plastic carry bags are not supplied to the public. Use of flex boards will be discouraged. People would be encouraged to use cloth and other natural material for advertisement purposes, the IG said.

Notices will be served on flats and hospitals that use plastic carry bags to dispose of biodegradable waste. Senior officers will assess the progress of the scheme on a daily basis. The district police chief has been asked to send weekly assessment reports to the State nodal office.

The public has been asked to alert police stations against any violation of the court order. The State police headquarters may be alerted through SMS to the cell phone number: 94970 00000.

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