Cleanliness is next to godliness, and the BMC agrees. The civic body has slapped a notice levying a fine of Rs 5,000 on a Dadar club for violating cleanliness norms during Durga Puja celebrations.
The Bengal Club Puja Committee organises Durga Puja celebrations every year at Shivaji Park in Dadar, and is the favourite haunt for non-residential Bengalis who crave traditional celebrations during Durga Puja.
The BMC claims that Bengal Club violated several rules regarding cleanliness during and after celebrations. “They had not been given permission to set up a kitchen platform, and nor was cooking permitted in the premises. But they violated these conditions, and also left soiled plates strewn over the playground, which caused a stench. Apart from violating cleanliness norms, they also diverted the sewer line leading to the playground,” revealed an official from G-north ward, on condition of anonymity.
The official added, “The BMC has collected Rs 20,000 as deposit, from which they can recover the fine amount if they fail to pay.”
Dr Kishore Kshirsagar, deputy municipal commissioner of the concerned zone, confirmed that the fine notice has been issued. “There are many violations and we have issued a notice on Monday asking them to cough up Rs 5,000 as fine. They have seven days to pay up.”
Meanwhile, Moloy Purkayastha, general secretary of the club, said, “I have not yet seen the notice but we followed all the rules.” He reiterated that the club had taken all prior permissions, including those from the civic health department and the fire brigade. “We are law abiding people and there is no question of violating any norms,” said Purkayastha.
The amount the BMC collected as deposit from the organiser which can be utilised to recover the fine if they fail to pay up