Bhubaneswar: Staging protests or meetings in Odisha capital to make your voice heard, which is a fundamental right of a citizen, will be an expensive affair as the civic authorities today decided to levy an exorbitant amount as sanitation and administrative charges from agitators.
The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) informed that agitators sitting on dharna in the city will have to pay minimum Rs 500. If more than 500 persons stage protest, each one has to pay Rs 5.
Similarly, if 100 to 500 people conduct the meeting or stage dharna they will have to pay Rs 1000 per day.
Besides, the BMC will charge Rs 5000 for marriage procession taking place in the city as sanitation charge.
“Protestors sitting on ‘dharna’ here will have to pay a minimum of Rs 500 per day. And, people will have to pay Rs 5000 for taking out marriage procession as sanitation and administrative tax under new guidelines. This was decided as more manpower is required for sanitation works,” BMC Mayor Ananta Narayan Jena told reporters here after the meeting.
An official notification in this regard will be issued by the BMC and a copy of the new guidelines will be sent to the Commissionerate of Police.