To stop adulterated milk from entering Mumbai,corporators want the BMC to set up quality-control laboratories at the five octroi nakas in the city where the quality of milk can be tested. A proposal to this effect was passed in the BMCs general body meeting on Friday.
The proposal was put forward by Shiv Sena corporator Kamlakar Naik. Around 14 lakh litres of milk is consumed in the city daily and most of this comes into the city limits from outside. While 60 per cent of the milk comes in packets and containers of registered dairies,the rest comes through tankers where there is most scope of contamination, said Naik.
Congress MLA and corporator Rajhans Singh supported the proposal but questioned the feasibility. There is heavy movement of traffic at our octroi nakas at any given time. The BMC should asses the feasibility of making trucks wait at the nakas while the milk is being tested, said Singh.
Officials from the octroi department admitted that the proposal will be difficult to implement and will hold up traffic.
Already there is so much traffic at these nakas. If trucks are held up while milk samples are being checked on a daily basis,the whole process will become very time consuming. It does not seem practically possible, said the official.