Stringent step

Segregate your waste or pay up. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (bmc) has sounded this alert to all Mumbaikars. To make solid waste management work in the city, bmc is penalising institutions, housing societies and individuals who are not separating their waste as per the amended section 368 of the bmc Act. The fine varies from Rs 100 to Rs 1,000.

"Last year we amended the act and made it mandatory for people to segregate dry and wet waste. The people are expected to take care of their dry waste by either giving it to ragpickers or disposing of the garbage themselves. They are required to give only wet waste to the municipality,' says S Bhagwat, officer on special duty, bmc.

The scheme seems to have picked up well in localities which are under the Advance Locality Management (alm) programme of bmc.