NEW MEASURE TARGETS BETELNUT SELLERS AND USERS IN PNG CAPITAL

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (June 11, 1999 - Post Courier)---Effective Monday, betelnut users in the National Capital District will be charged a K 40 (US$ 1.30) on-the-spot fine if they chew and spit in a public place.

National Capital District Commission (NCDC) special auxiliary police will be out to enforce the new measure.

It is part of the Commission's move to make the city a better and healthier place in which to live.

Other measures which the special auxiliary police will enforce include: throwing litter in any public place, a fine of K 20 (US$ 65 cents), willful disposal of litter, K 30 (US$ 98 cents; chewing betelnut and/or smoking in a public place, K 40 (US$ 1.30); selling goods in a public place other than a market place or mini-market, K 50 (US$ 1.63).

This follows the endorsement of a Litter Infringement Notice put into place by the NCDC this week.

NCDC has taken this step to promote a healthier, greener and cleaner Port Moresby by banning the sales of betelnuts on streets and spitting of betelnut juice in public places.

A meeting of the NCDC Board passed a litter bill three weeks ago to bring to an end activities that spoil the city's environment.

The City Rangers, auxiliary police, village courts and health inspectors from the NCDC gathered at the Sir John Guise Stadium's indoor complex at Waigani yesterday and were briefed on the procedures of the Litter Infringement Notice.

The NCDC has been carrying out an awareness program during the past two weeks, informing the public of the importance of having a clean community.

For additional reports from The Post-Courier, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Newspapers/The Post-Courier (Papua New Guinea).

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