It was business as usual for the residents of Worli Koliwada, even as civic body officials conducted a special cleanliness drive in the area recently. The slum locality lies on the periphery of the fishing village of Worli and the ruins of an old fort serves as the landmark for the area. The premises around the fort, known as Koliwada Killa Parisar, was one of the many locations selected by the BMC for its 15-day slum cleanliness drive, across the city.
The campaign, which kicked off on June 25 and will go on till July 10, is especially targetting the remote slum areas. “It’s is a coordinated effort by ward offices, health department and the Swachh Mumbai Prabodhan Abhiyan (SMPA). It includes anti-larval measures, cleaning of drains and fogging activity. Raising awareness on public hygiene remains an integral part of our efforts,” said Pallavi Darade, Additional Municipal Commissioner (City).
Most slumdwellers were, however, unaware of the campaign. Locals also alleged that a day after the civic officials cleaned the premises around the old fort, it was strewn with garbage and waste. “Many village households dump their garbage in the open. Hence, the premises continue to remain dirty,” said Nikhil Dadar, a local resident.
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Locals also alleged the civic officials do not visit and sweep the premises regularly and that adds to the problem. “It is not as if the village is not cleaned, but officials often need some prodding in order to get it done,” said local corporator Hemangi Worlikar.
“During our survey, we found that the awareness levels among residents were good,”said Assistant commissioner of G-South ward, Keshav Ubale.