Marshals at work: 1,950 penalised for dumping garbage on the road

Bengaluru: Think before littering waste or peeing in the public places. In September this year, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has penalised over 1,950 people for defacing Bengaluru. A whopping Rs 14 lakh was collected as fine from the violators. 

There are 232 marhsals (retired army officers), who are authorised to crack down on people who either dump waste on the road or into the drains. Clad in army uniform, the BBMP-appoined officers are spread across all the 198 wards and work in two shifts.  

“Month of September 2019 will be remembered as a watershed moment in SWM #BBMP for enforcement of SWM Rules & levy of penalties. More than 1950 cases & over Rs.14 lakhs penalty levied. Kudos to Health Inspectors & Marshals who have achieved this despite odds & personal risks,” Randeep D, Special Commissioner at BBMP’s Solid Waste Management wing, said on Twitter.

This is not the first time marhsals penalised violators. The BBMP started such a drive in August last year. It was carried out on a pilot basis in Bengaluru South and Yelahanka zones before it was launched in full scale early this year. The civic body recruited over 100 marshals based on the directions of National Green Tribunal-appointed committee to oversee garbage disposal programme in the City. The BBMP will spend around Rs 8 crore annually to pay salaries to the marshals. 

Each marshal is given a GPS-enabled device to issue fine receipt at the spot. 

While a certain quarters of the society has hailed the move, some of them complain that they are forced to throw garbage at the blackspot as powrakarmikas do not come to collect waste regularly.