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Mumbai aims to improve cleanliness ranking

Mumbai had ranked 147 in a cleanliness survey in 2014 after which the BMC took certain measures including targeting open defecation spots and enabling door-to-door garbage collection.

Written by Arita Sarkar | Mumbai | Published: February 17, 2016 2:43 am

AFTER ranking 10th in the first Swachh Bharat survey, the civic body has charted measures to improve ranking in subsequent surveys. Apart from closing spots where garbage is openly dumped in the city, BMC is planning to increase number of centres for disposal of electronic waste in the city.

Mumbai had ranked 147 in a cleanliness survey in 2014 after which the BMC took certain measures including targeting open defecation spots and enabling door-to-door garbage collection. The survey has three parameters — feedback from citizen, surprise visits by officials and checking of spots by examining evidence. “Out of total 2,000 points, Mumbai secured 1,534 and has been regarded as the best performer among mega cities. We are intensifying our efforts and will continue working on slum sanitation programme,” said additional municipal commissioner Pallavi Darade. In the coming months, BMC will focus on closing spots where garbage is openly dumped. “In densely populated areas, the residents openly dump garbage in bins. Mumbai cannot have open garbage dumps and we have to methodically address this issue. We have compiled many spots and will ensure that door-to-door collection system is put into effect,” said municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta.

Stressing on importance of proper disposal of electronic waste, Darade stated that they are planning to increase the number of plants in more wards. “Currently, there is one plant in Vile Parle where electronic waste is treated separately and disposed of. There has been a good response there and we will increase number of centres in more wards,” said Darade.

 

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  1. Vaibhav Shah
    Feb 17, 2016 at 8:15 am
    Better late than never I suppose BMC. We will believe when things are executed. BMC has a history of bold claims and no execution. Every year they say that we are prepared for monsoons but still there is water logging every year. Lack of proper waste management was what led to the flood on 26 July 2005 where more than 1000 people died.
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