Borrowing heavily from the Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan or Clean India Mission, the civic body on Wednesday announced a slew of initiatives for better sanitation and solid waste management in the city. The civic body has allocated funds to the tune of Rs 376.01 crore for solid waste management for fiscal 2015-16.
In a bid to promote Mumbai’s image as a international city, a whopping Rs 75 crore has been proposed in 2015-16 for Swachha Mumbai Prabhodan Abhiyan to ensure garbage-free railway tracks and tourists spots like beaches. The civic body has made a provision of Rs 15 crore for 2015-16 for public awareness for Swachh Bharat alone. Hopeful of getting Viability Gap Funding from the Centre under the Swachh Bharat Misson, the city will begin drafting a City Sanitation Plan this year.
Breaking from its tradition, the civic body has accepted work to maintain cleanliness on housing colonies constructed by the MMRDA for rehabilitation of Project-Affected People. A budget allocation of Rs 2.9 crore can be made for it. Moreover, the civic body has set aside Rs 20 crore for around 1,148 volunteers, who will be deployed to clean house gullies and for house-to-house garbage collection.
Finally, promising to provide women better access to clean and safe toilets, the BMC made a provision of Rs 5.25 crore to construct more pay-and-use toilets. Besides this, budgetory allocation has been made to install portable pay-and-use toilets especially under flyovers and public roads to discourage open defecation.
The civic body seems to have woken up to the inhuman activity of manual scavenging by their own conservancy staff. It has launched Mission Garima project along with Tata Trust. Under this scheme, funds will be used to procure machinery to reduce human intervention in clean sewers and nullas, and to provide better health benefits to their conservancy workers.
Of the 9,400 tonnes of municipal solid waste generated in the city each day, at present Deonar dumping ground, which has been slated for closure since 2011, receives 6,500 tonnes and Mulund dumping ground receives 3,000 tonnes. To ease this burden on Deonar, Mulund and the proposed Kanjurmarg dumping grounds, the civic body has proposed to acquire 126 hectares outside Mumbai at Taloja from the state.
“While sufficient provision has been proposed in the 2015-16 budget for acquisition of land in the Development Project department’s budget, Rs 1 crore will also be set aside to protect this land after acquisition,” said Municipal Commissioner Sitaram Kunte.
This year, the civic body has in its 2015-16 budget also made provisions to ensure better hygienic conditions around large collection centres that collect garbage to be taken to dumping grounds. Under this, around Rs 20 crore will be used to purchase 27 large compacters and 41 mini compactors, and another Rs 7 crore will be used to install 15 MT stationery compactors at 20 new locations.
To push for better segregation of wet and dry waste this year, the civic ward will spend Rs 13 crore to purchase additional vehicles to collect dry waste from all wards. In addition to that, Rs 3 crore will be set aside to set up additional dry waste segregation centres in different wards.
The civic body this year has also made provisions to counter air and noise pollution. Under the System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research project, seven modern air quality monitoring centres will be set up in the city for Rs 5 crore. In 2015-16, the civic body will measure noise levels at 1,200 places in all 24 wards in the city.
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