Alert officers keep city spick and span

DUBAI - Dubai Municipality is committed to retaining the city's cleanliness and beauty given the fact that the emirate has achieved a remarkable position among its peers in maintaining general cleanliness and protecting the environment, said Hussain Nasser Lootah, Assistant Director General of the Municipality for Planning and Building Affairs.

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Published: Thu 19 Feb 2004, 12:16 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:45 PM

He made the remarks on Tuesday after felicitating six government officials who had been given legal powers by the government to issue cleanliness violation notices on behalf of Dubai Municipality and had issued the largest number of violation notices during 2003. Three of the feted officers are from the civic body.

"This practice of conferring law-enforcement power to government officials and citizens, introduced by the municipality several years back, has proved a success. We are happy that a lot of officials as well as other citizens and residents are participating in the drive against cleanliness violations despite their busy schedule," said Mr Lootah.

The civic body officers felicitated include Khalid Mohammed Badri, Assistant Director of the Public Relations and Organisations Department and Head of the Foreign Relations and Organisations Section, Talal Suroor Mubarak, Veterinary Services Supervisor at the Veterinary Services Section, Hassan Makki, Assistant Director of Environment Department and Head of the Waste Services Section (all three from Dubai Municipality). Hamdan Al Shaer, Director of Environment Department at the municipality was present on the occasion.

The officials were given powers to issue violation notices to offenders of the Local Order No. 11 of 2003 pertaining to public cleanliness in the emirate and its amendments.

According to the Local Order, it is prohibited to throw, put, leave, melt or discharge any type of garbage, or anything that may obstruct traffic or pedestrians or occupy the public road or disfigure the general appearance of the city, or water dripping from air-conditioners of residential houses, flats and shops to the street, or any public place.

The order also bans dumping of oil residues, refuse or garbage of all kinds from ships into the territorial waters, pedestrians or car drivers discarding papers or garbage on the road, spitting, urinating or defecating in places other than those specified for such purpose, exhibiting goods on pavements, emptying used oils on pavements or roads, washing cars in public roads or open spaces without permission from the municipality.

The order stipulates that violators will face fines ranging from Dh100 to Dh2,000 depending on the type of violation. In addition, they must also bear the costs of repairing the damage or correcting the violation or restoring the object. In case of recurrence of violation, the penalty shall be doubled.

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