Alappuzha: The Additional Chief Secretary has issued a circular to enforce waste disposal rules strictly, warning that owners of trade-commercial establishments and residential buildings with an area of over 100 square metres who fail to carry out waste processing may face imprisonment for up to one year. The circular also mandates a minimum fine of Rs 1,000 per day for repeat offenders after punishment.
Local self-governments have been instructed to take prompt action against those who neglect their responsibility, as flouting the rules could result in a jail term of six months to one year, a fine of Rs 10,000 to Rs 50,000, or both.
The circular stresses that facilities for waste disposal must be in place at the time of construction of commercial establishments, and local self-governments should not permit the construction of establishments without such facilities. Existing establishments that lack these facilities will be given time to make the necessary arrangements.
Additionally, the circular directs that the license, building number, and operational permission of establishments that fail to implement these facilities will be revoked.