Rs 20 lakh fine collected just from Lingampally and Chandanagar circle

Hyderabad: In a robust move, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Commission (GHMC) went hammer and tongs on vendors selling single-use plastic in Cyberabad. GHMC collected a few lakhs as fines from the twin cities, besides seizing the stock.

This was the first raid on the city after Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao announced the ban of single-use plastic with effect on October 11. The total amount of fine collected from Lingampally and Chandanagar circle crossed over Rs 20 lakh. From Serilingampally circle, officials collected Rs 10,03,000 as fine.

GHMC also penalised people and shops that left construction debris on the street. “Most often, after construction, they just put everything on the roads. During rains, it flows down and mixes in the drain, thus leading to clogging. So people often create their problems,” said Hari Chandana, West Zone Commissioner of GHMC.

Concrete and debris waste, open urination, hotel inspection and littering are the different categories for which authorities are collecting fines. The people were penalised under section 674 of Hyderabad Municipal Corporation Act, added the official.

Aiswarya Sriram

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter as a "Factcheck Freelancer". A graduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya, a Tamilian who was born and brought up in Mumbai, loves to do rural reporting. She has visited Byadgi Taluk of Karnataka, to write about the issues faced by chilli factory workers there, earlier in 2019. A craft enthusiast, Aiswarya also does quilling, painting and glass work. On her off-days, she loves to read crime-thrillers and watch anime. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

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