Following an uproar by corporators for not being allowed to use funds earmarked for them to distribute dustbins to households, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has agreed to allow corporators to tap such funds ahead of civic polls. Corporators cutting across party lines complained about the civic administration’s refusal to disburse it on the grounds that capital funds cannot be used for public purposes, forcing the BMC to give in to their demand
Yugandhara Salekar, a Shiv Sena coporator from Bhuleshwar area, raised a point of order in the standing committee meeting on Tuesday. “I wanted to use the funds for distributing 10-litre household dustbins in my ward. I have Rs 5 lakh from corporators fund and Rs 50 lakh granted by the Mayor. But the finance department rejected the proposal saying capital funds can’t be used for public services,” said Salekar.
She said the dustbins given to every households will not be the civic body’s property. “A dry and wet dustbin will be given to every household to segregate garbage. But in some areas, it is not possible due to small houses,” Salekar said, adding that the BMC has plans to buy around 3 lakh dustbins of large size which would be owned by the civic body. “BMC has planned to bring 3 lakh dustbins in phases. When the dustbins will come, there will be code of conduct for civic polls. So, we won’t able to distribute it,” said Trushna Vishwasrao, senior Sena corporator and house leader.
Santosh Dhuri, an MNS corporator, said that the elected representatives have been facing a lot of flak from residents on the issue of dustbins. “We have been telling them that the dustbins will come. When are the dustbins coming? The garbage is not being segregated and collected by the civic body. It is lying in most of the wards. The civic administration must need to take all these issues into consideration,” said Dhuri. Sanjay Mukherjee, additional municipal commissioner, said that the BMC would issue a circular on this on Tuesday itself. “The funds can be used and a circular will be issued immediately allowing the same,” he said.