The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has intensified checks and has started imposing stiff penalties on individuals and organisations over sanitation-related violations.

As part of these sanitation drives, between August 25 and September 16, authorities have imposed penalties on 8,500 individuals and organisations for violations related to sanitation and in the process collected over Rs 1 crore.

The violations for which penalties were imposed include illegal dumping of construction debris along national highways, dumping garbage on roads, setting garbage on fire, dumping waste in nalas and imposing penalties on individuals who openly defecate in public areas.

GHMC officials pointed out that in the last one year or so, it has taken several innovative awareness measures to encourage individuals, households and organisations to separate dry and wet waste.

Despite these attempts at spreading awareness on sanitation, individuals continue to disregard such best practices related to sanitation which is having a bad impact on the overall sanitation scenario in Hyderabad.

The municipal officials said that they had launched ‘Swachh, Saaf and Shandar’ initiatives, which were targeted specifically at repeat offenders and to spread awareness among them on the importance of maintaining sanitation.

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