In an attempt to keep Pune streets neat and clean, the civic body of the city has started punishing people spitting on roads by making them clean the spit, apart from levying fines on wrongdoers, according to a senior official.
This significant initiative was taken after the higher authorities learnt that only monetary fine was not enough to sort out the woes spitting, Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) solid waste management department chief Dnyaneshwar Molak said.
“In the last eight days, PMC sanitation inspectors caught around 156 people while they were spitting on streets. All of them were made to clean their spit immediately and a fine of Rs 150 was imposed on each of them,” he said.
Watch the video below:- Pune cops force wrongdoers to clean the roads after they spit!
The aim behind the punishment is to send across a strong message to netizens that when offenders are made to clean their own spit, they would surely feel ashamed, and that next time, they may consider not spitting on streets, he said.
Molak observed that in the 2018 cleanliness survey, Pune was at the 10thposition whereas the Indore city of Madhya Pradesh was topping the charts. “This time, we are aiming for the number one position. The latest drive is one of the initiatives taken by the civic body ahead of the Swachh Survekshan (survey) 2019,” he said.
“The drive will initially start on a daily basis but once sufficient awareness is created, it can be limited to one particular day,” he added.