Careful when washing cars, or taking your dog for a walk
A statute approved by the Western Provincial Council recently on preventing public health nuisances makes it illegal to wash vehicles on any road in such a manner that it makes the area unclean or becomes a nuisance to the public.
The statute also makes it a punishable offence to allow any animal to pass faeces or urinate on any road or in a public place.
The details of the statute effective from July were gazetted by Western Province’s Health Minister Jagath Anange recently.
The statute is for planning the rules and regulations to uplift and conserve public health, prevent nuisances and diseases spreading through mosquitoes and control other public health nuisances, the notification states.
The law also says it is illegal for a person to get his or her domestic aide to throw or put soil, waste water or items such as broken glass or earthenware pots or any other debris in a manner that it is a hindrance to the health, on to a road or public place.
Rearing cattle, goats, swine, chicken, ducks, turkeys and other birds in such a manner that is detrimental to the public or the health of any person too will be a punishable offence.
House owners who leave their houses, buildings or a parapet wall in a crumbling state or leave a house or a building in a state of risk to the persons residing in them or to those residing in the neighborhood or passers-by too will be dealt with.
The statute also covers sound pollution making it illegal for those residing in private residences prohibiting them from amplifying, broadcasting, or transmitting very loud noise through a sound system, radio, television or cassette player or any such appliance in such a manner that it is a hindrance to the neighbours.
In all instances those found guilty of committing an offence under these regulations will be produced before a magistrate and will have fines imposed on them.Money spent as expenses incurred for removing a public health nuisance by the state authorities will also have to be paid by the relevant offender.
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