New Delhi: South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) is the first civic body in Delhi to introduce mobile challan system, which according to them is a unique way to change civic behaviour. SDMC has implemented Solid Waste Management bylaws and challan violations of littering, open burning of waste, failure to dispose construction and demolition waste, street vendors failing to deal with the waste and organising events without following prescribed procedure of waste disposal. On the same lines, since May 11, the civic body has issued 11,000 challans and recovered almost Rs. 26 lakhs.
According to Solid Waste Management Bylaws, a fine of Rs. 10,000 is imposed on failing to segregate the waste in clubs, cinema halls and other such places with area less than 5,000 sqm. While on failure to deal with construction and demolition waste, a fine of Rs. 1,000 is levied on residential areas, Rs. 5,000 are levied on non-residential areas. Along with this, fine of Rs. 5,000 is imposed for open burning of waste and Rs. 500 on littering.
In almost two weeks, 4,300 mobile challans were issued in the central zone, 3,100 challans in south zone, 1,601 challans in west zone and 494 challans in the Najafgarh zone.
Explaining the reason behind introducing mobile challans, Chanchal Yadav, Deputy Commissioner, Central Zone, SDMC, says,
We have deployed a digital tool- mobile challaning, reason being, the traditional paper challan system results in litter. Since, we are fighting against litter, garbage, and other things, it become our duty to not contribute to the existing litter.
Further explaining the working of mobile challan system, Ms Chanchal says,
Mobile challans enable officers to capture GPS location and photographs of the offence and challan is issued digitally to the offender. Receipt of payment is also generated electronically.