The Delhi High Court on January 16, 2018, took up two PILs seeking directions to the civic bodies to take steps to prevent the spread of dengue, chikungunya and malaria, and has suggested to collect fines on the spot from the people found littering, using a handheld electronic devices, same as the ones used by the traffic police.
The Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal
and Justice C. Hari Shankar
said, on the spot litter fine will obliterate any allegation of dishonest practice and it will also discipline people everywhere. The court has also suggested the authorities to run ad campaigns similar to the Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, pointing out that there are no advertisements in the media on the penalty payable by citizens for littering and non-segregation of garbage.
As per the Solid Waste Management by-laws, a person found littering will attract a penalty up to Rs. 500.