Following complaints about the filthy shores of Juhu Chowpatty, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to beef up beach cleaning initiatives and deploy more machines to ensure cleanliness on the popular suburban sea front.
Officials from the Solid Waste Management department said they have received lot of complaints about the chowpatty being filled with dirt, and that it comes to shore at night and makes it inconvenient for morning and evening visitors to walk on the shores. “Visitors throw waste into the nullhas and roadside drains, which is then released into the sea by the storm water drains and washed ashore during high tid,” said an official.
Recently, former chief minister and senior Congress leader Narayan Rane had raised the issue of lack of mobile toilets facilities in chowpatty, which causes a lot of inconvenience for the visitors coming from across the city and outside the city as well. At present, cleanliness work is being carried out manually at the Chowpatty.
Confirming the development, civic chief Ajoy Mehta said “We will beef up the number of beach cleaning machines so that cleanliness can be maintained. Also, the issue of lack of toilets facilities have been raised. Since the area falls in the coastal zone regulations, we can not construct the toilets on the beach. We have now decided to install mobile toilets which can be moved around easily. It will help lakhs of people visiting the beach.”
Another official said they will keep close watch on the cleanliness work being carried out by the contractor.