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Ho Chi Minh City starts penalizing those dirtying public places

Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 17:50 GMT+7

Authorities in downtown Ho Chi Minh City have carried out regular inspections and sternly punished those who failed to preserve public hygiene in their neighborhoods.

The inspections have been conducted at the 30-4 Park, Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica, and along major streets in the downtown area, namely Ton Duc Thang, Nguyen Binh Khiem, Dinh Tien Hoang, Le Thanh Ton, Le Duan, and others.

Several residents have been forced to pay fines and return the public places to their original condition after being caught red-handed by officers from the Urban Management Unit in District 1.

N.V.C. was found urinating on the sidewalk along Hai Ba Trung Street on Wednesday, leading to competent agencies making a report of the case.

The violator was also required to ask local residents for a bucket of water to clean the spot.

Officers stated that a public restroom was just a few hundred meters away from the location.

Inspectors also penalized food and drink vendors along Chu Manh Trinh Street for pouring leftovers onto the road.

Reports of these cases were then submitted to the district’s People’s Committee, pending the final decision on the fines the violators will have to pay.

According to Pham Nhat Tri, deputy chief of the management unit, those who pee in public will be fined an average of VND2 million (US$88) while people pouring waste onto the roadway are subject to a VND200,000 ($9) fine.

Officials have dealt with about 10 such cases since the beginning of this year, Tri said, adding that the inspections have been conducted comprehensively in 10 wards of the district.

A Hanoi man has recently proposed developing a smartphone application to take photos and videos to assist the fight against such violations as littering, urinating, and smoking in public places in Ho Chi Minh City.

According to an expert on judicial reform, local authorities should pilot the proposed application for three to six months, with specific guidelines for citizens.

The application would be improved when it is used on a larger scale, the pundit stated.

Competent agencies are taking this idea into account.

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