Bengaluru: Armed with the new bye-law on solid waste management, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) appears to be on a mission to keep the City clean. On Monday, the civic body slapped a fine of Rs 2 lakh on popular e-commerce startup Myntra for not segregating waste and using banned plastic materials.
“BBMP has fined Myntra Rs 2 Lakh in total for non-segregation of waste & for using banned plastics. The HSR sub-division imposed & collected the penalty. BBMP has been urging establishments to segregate waste & stop using plastics that pollute,” B.H Anil Kumar tweeted.
Under the new Bye-Law, the BBMP had fixed penalties for the residents and establishments caught littering in public spaces and failing to segregate waste at sources etc.. The fine amount varies from Rs 500 to Rs 10,000, depending on the nature of violations.
In the case of Myntra, BBMP appears to have taken into consideration past instances of violations to charge a penalty of whopping Rs 2 lakh on the firm.
Recently, the BBMP had fined Rs 1 lakh on InstaKart, the subsidiary of e-commerce firm Flipkart for burning garbage in open land. Similarly, the civic body had charged a penalty of Rs 50,000 against KIMS Ladies & Gents hostel for failing to segregate waste and not disposing of properly. Officials said a total penalty of Rs 1 lakh was levied on KIMS management, stating that the BBMP marshals had warned them many times in the past.
Soon after banning the single-use plastic in the City, the municipal corporation had also launched an enforcement drive, wherein officials campaigned against the use of plastic and later penalised those who defied the rules.