After offering its services to state and central government land-owning agencies,such as the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA),Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA),Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT),and the Indian Railways,the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will now forcibly collect garbage from publicly-owned areas.
A circular from the civic bodys solid waste management department states that the cost for garbage collection from public land will be recovered by raising the property tax for state and central government land-owning agencies.
We had given these public and private land owners the option of using our services based on a basic fee structure. However,except for MMRDA,no one approached us. They said it is the BMCs duty to collect garbage from their properties, said a senior civic official.
Uncollected garbage is causing a problem to citizens. We are now going to enforce collection and increase the agencies property tax as payment. We are issuing a circular to them in this regard, he added.
Till April,the BMC collected garbage only from public roads and door-to-door points. It was not responsible for garbage on land owned by agencies such as MbPT,MMRDA,MHADA and railway lines. At a civic standing committee meeting last November,Additional Municipal Commissioner Mohan Adtani proposed to offer the civic garbage collection services at a basic fee.
The proposal was formalised when Municipal Commissioner Sitaram Kunte,in his budget proposal for the current fiscal year,set aside over Rs 2 crore for the purpose. This was to achieve the service level benchmark of 100 per cent for household collection in BMCs cleanliness programme for the city.
The commissioner also said a proposal was being sought to amend Section 365 (A) of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act of 1886 (which pertains to cleaning all streets of the city),so that service costs can be recovered in lieu of clearing areas.