If you want to host a lunch or a party on the road outside your house, now you will be required to get permission from the BBMP.
According to a report by the Times of India, if you want to set up a space on the road for a lunch or dinner, you must obtain a no objection certificate and also pay a solid waste management fee of Rs 2,000, if over 100 people attend the event.
Besides, BBMP has made the organisers responsible for waste segregation before handing it over to the waste collector.
However, this is not a new rule. It is just not practised. According to Sarfaraz Khan, Joint Director, Solid Waste Management, BBMP, the public is not aware of this rule in the Solid Waste Management Rules of 2016, while admitting that BBMP officials have not acted on it and taken action against violators.
“There is a need to create awareness about this rule and BBMP officials will now implement this rule and take action against violators,” Sarfaraz Khan added.
The Palike charges a refundable deposit of Rs 50,000 if a party has around 5,000 people. Between 5,000-10,000 people, the deposit is Rs 1 lakh, Rs 2 lakh for 10,000-25,000 people, Rs 3 lakh for over 25,000 people.
BBMP will return the deposit seven days after the completion of the event only if the organiser follows the rules of Solid Waste Management.
“This rule is also applicable to events held at Palace Grounds, Freedom Park, any open ground or parks, roads and public areas which belong to the BBMP,” Sarfaraz Khan said.
In July 2015, the Palike had issued a notification stating that security deposits ranging from Rs 50,000 to Rs 3 lakh must be paid for conducting such events. However, after the rules were made in 2016, the BBMP has not taken any initiative to create awareness about it.
“The notification issued in 2015 also states that the event organiser must place dustbins for dry and wet waste at their own cost. The organiser must also employ their own cleaning staff and ensure that the road or park or ground is clean. If the organiser fails to do so, the security deposit will not be returned,” Khan added.
The Palike is now looking into creating awareness programmes and a senior official said that as of now, the BBMP has not made any concrete plan for awareness building.