MC mulls heavy penalty, suggests stopping one-month payment. On the issue of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation fining the Lions Service, the private firm which was caught on Saturday for dumping waste in the forest area in Sector 47, high drama was witnessed at the general meeting held here on Monday. The moment the House meet started, Congress councillor Devinder Singh Babla said that before starting the agenda discussion, the House should unanimously decide a heavy penalty on the company which was caught for dumping the waste. He said that the MC should not make one-month payment to the company along with lodging an FIR against it. Raising the questions over the MC’s decision of imposing a Rs 5,500 challan to the company, Babla said, “The House should get an answer as to how can the MC let go a company with such a small punishment, which is getting paid such a hefty amount for carrying out cleaning operation in the city.” Babla also raised questions as to why the MC has refused to lodge an FIR against the company. He said that the MC should stop one-month payment to the company to teach it a lesson rather than just imposing a fine of Rs 5,500. Supporting Babla, BJP councillor Davesh Moudgil said that he has the pictures of Sectors 43, 47, 48, 49 and 40 where the garbage is getting dumped. He said the Mayor should write a letter to the Home Secretary and the Inspector-General of Police, UT, requesting to find if any police officer is trying to get away with the issue. He said, “When he was told about the company workers dumping the garbage in Sector 47, someone from the Forest Department shared with him that a police officer tried to convert the issue onto a compromise and, therefore, the Mayor should mark an individual inquiry.” He added that in Sector 47 there are 26 such points where illegal littering is done. He said that the Mayor should stop such criminal activities and the company should be taught a lesson so that the same should not be repeated. Sharing the details which the Mayor had taken on Sunday over the issue, she said that the MC Sanitary Inspector (SI) shared that the tractor-trailer was seen by them and he was slapped a fine of Rs 5,500. When the Mayor questioned the SI that why a challan of Rs 5,500 was imposed when as per rules the amount of such fine is Rs 10,000, the SI had no to answer. She said that the company is also not performing its duties as per the MOU. She said that the action will be taken as per the clauses of the MOU.
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