BJP councillors have been crying foul over North MCD’s decision to issue challans for poor sanitation in the city.

The councillors have petitioned to their party chief Manoj Tiwari demanding immediate ban on the challan drive saying the people of their wards were anguished over the move and this might cost them dear in the coming polls.

Local residents and shopkeepers in their areas too have been protesting against the drive. MAIL TODAY had reported that the civic bodies have instructed each sanitation inspector to issue at least 3,000 challans a day. Manoj Tiwari told MAIL TODAY that the sanitation inspectors must focus on cleanliness in the city but setting a target of challans is unjust.

The direction for challaning residents for littering and other sanitation bylaws violation was issued by the North MCD which cited a HC’s order to prosecute at least five violators by every sanitation inspector in the city.

Councillors rued that the inspectors, in order to meet the target, were forcibly issuing challans. This, he said, had left the locals agitated. “Sanitation inspectors have been targeting people. Just when people keep the garbage out of their houses for MCD workers to lift it, a challan is issued to them. This is arbitrary,” said Sujit Thakur, BJP councillor, Haiderpur.

Councillors alleged that they tried speaking to the municipal commissioner Madhup Vyas but in vain.

Further, the challans are issued on the spot, but people have to travel all the way to the office of the nearest municipal magistrate to deposit the fine.

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