The civic administrations solution to the garbage collection woes in the city,especially during monsoon,seems to be simple get more dustbins.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) plans to procure over 25,000 dustbins soon,on the hope that it will take care of the stench of garbage strewn across various areas,including its own backyard.
The civic body had,during the run-up to elections last year,procured about 20,000 small and big dusbins to be distributed across wards through corporators.
Chief engineer S G Chitale of Solid Waste Management department said,We are planning to procure more dustbins of 240-litre and 120-litre capacity,to be distributed to wards depending on their requirement. The proposal is expected to be tabled in the standing committee for final approval in a month.
The tender process to procure 15,000 dustbins of 240 litres and 10,000 dustbins of 120 litres is expected to begin next week. A BMC official said the dustbins,estimated to cost around Rs 2,500 each,would be imported from an European company.
He said though dustbins installed at public places are normally used for at least two years,corporators keep making demands for them. Local corporators usually supply bins to housing societies and residential buildings.
Garbage collection at housing colonies could be affected if they are not well-equipped with dustbins, the official said,adding that residents invariably ask for bins every year.
Typically,the bins are kept at ward offices,from where they are distributed among housing societies by corporators. There are over 3,800 garbage collection points in the city,and door-to-door collectors appointed by housing societies hand over the garbage to vehicles,after which they are brought to the wards checkpost.
Despite the civic body spending about Rs 300 crore a year for garbage collection and disposal and the Shiv Senas 2007 manifesto promising to ensure segregation of waste at house-hold level with additional dry waste facilities,officials admit that waste segregation is still not successfully implemented.
In November 2010,the civic bodys decision to acquire 1,400 community dustbins at Rs 28,800 per dustbin had raised many an eyebrow. There are already 5,800 such bins installed at 3,700 collection spots,up from 1,300 in 2007.