Bengal Govt constitutes panel to check spitting, littering in public places

Kolkata, Nov 22 (UNI) The West Bengal Government will put in place stricter measures to check unabated spitting and littering at public places.

On the advice of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the government has formed a committee which would modify the existing laws to impose stricter penalties on offenders.

The committee would be headed by the Chief Secretary and would include the Home Secretary, Director General of Police, Kolkata Police Commissioner and others.

According to State Urban Development Minister, when the government is spending lakhs to keep urban spaces clean, including painting walls and bridges, the people, knowingly or unknowingly, are polluting public places by spitting here and there and throwing trash.

Hence, strict laws are needed, but, at the same time, raising of awareness of common people too.

This move by the State Government comes after pillars at the newly-inaugurated Dakshineswar skywalk were found to be stained with spit marks just a day after inauguration.