In an effort to keep the city clean, the Corporation of City of Panaji (CCP) has launched a 24X7 toll-free number 18002333948 on which citizens can call to report about uncollected garbage, revealed CCP Commissioner Ajit Roy.
Addressing media persons after the launch, Roy informed that under the existing door-to door garbage collection system, many residents and commercial establishments are unable to hand over garbage to the collectors between 2 to 6 pm everyday. He said that they can call on the number and ask to collect garbage.
Roy said that 40 black spots have been identified in the city where garbage is being dumped and it remains uncollected for days, which includes areas in residential quarters and commercial establishments and as such there was a pressing demand to start the 24X7 service to eradicate the menace.
He said that all types of garbage will be collected provided it is segregated into wet and dry waste. He said that the initiative is taken in keeping with the Swatch Bharat Abhiyan of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and achieve the goal of clean cities like Mysore and Indore.
Roy said that despite introducing door-to-door garbage collection for the past 15 years, CCP has not been able to achieve ‘Clean and Green’ city tag and as such it had a meeting some time back and decided to introduce the toll-free number.
He said that in this regard CCP has sought public cooperation to make the mission a success and warned the members of public against throwing garbage and violating the norms which he said would invite a fine depending upon the nature of the garbage ranging from Rs 500 for residents to Rs 10,000 for hoteliers adding, “So far CCP has been soft on violators but now it will impose the fine.”
Roy said that once a call is made on the helpline number, the receptionist will intimate the concerned inspector (one each appointed in 15 wards) with the squad also consisting of supervisor and workers. He warned that if anyone is found wanting, he will be penalised.