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Tankers Dumping Sewage in Open to
be Fined Dh100,000

Riyasbabu
Filed on November 28, 2008

DUBAI - Efforts to curb illegal dumping of sewage in public places in the country received a shot in the arm on Wednesday when the Sharjah Municipality decided to impose a fine of Dh100,000 on tankers disposing of liquid waste in non-designated areas.

The Sharjah Municipalitys move followed the Dubai Municipalitys decision in October to impose a fine of Dh100,000 and impounding of the erring tanker for a month. The civic bodies came up with the stiff penalties amid growing concern among residents and environmentalists over incidents of sewage dumping on Jumeirah beach and illegal disposal of sewage in Sharjahs Sajja Industrial Area.

Dr Salah Taher Al Haj, Director-General of Sharjah Municipality, said a number of tankers have been found unloading the waste in open areas of Sajja. Besides, some companies use submersible pumps in labour camps in Sajja to pump sewage into open spaces. This causes environmental pollution and poses health hazards, said Dr Al Haj.

Some companies dispose of building wastes randomly in places not designated for this purpose, he added.

Many labourers in Sajja area have been complaining of stench and accumulation of sewage water in the vicinity because of illegal disposal of sewage by tankers.

The Dubai Municipality fined 27 tankers in October for illegal disposal of sewage in public places, especially in coastal area. The beach near Dubai Offshore Sailing Club remains closed after repeated sewage dumps contaminated the area.

We are strictly monitoring the sewage disposal in the emirate. Our staff is keeping a close watch on the law-breakers who empty the tankers between midnight and 5am daily so as to avoid detection. We introduced strict penalties recently to curb the illegal practice that poses health hazards and cause environmental pollution, Abdul-Majeed Sifaee, director of Drainage Department at the Dubai Municipality, told Khaleej Times on Wednesday.


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