Get ready to pay for your 'dirty' deeds soon

Apr 22, 2013, 06:31 IST | Chetna Yerunkar

BMC plans to reinstate clean-up marshals to rein in offenders, increase number of dustbins and public toilets to keep Mumbai clean

Think before you litter or spit on footpaths or roads. The clean-up marshals will soon be back to make you pay for your deeds. A new proposal is soon be tabled in front of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) standing committee.

BMC’s standing committee will table a new proposal for the deployment of 720 clean-up marshals, who will also have the right to fine offenders. Representation pic

The current proposal has about 30 marshals to be deployed in each ward round the clock. If the proposal is passed, around 720 clean-up marshals will be deployed in the city and will be given rights to fine offenders. However, the Opposition is not happy with this and corporators feel that this is a wrong way of earning revenue. Adding to that, there is a need of having more dustbins in the city to give the citizens a designated place to throw litter. Another bone of contention is the hiring of these clean-up marshals. 

The administrative norms state that security agencies that provide marshals need to be certified by police stations and the ones working at the ground level and actually collecting the fines should have a clean chit. A Solid Waste Management (SWM) official said, “We are in the process of having more litter bins in the city. Currently there are over 3,000 bins and we will be releasing tenders for another 10,000 bins in the city. In addition, public toilets will be constructed.”

“The problem of filth can be tackled faster if the administration concentrates on having more dustbins. More public toilets will also prevent people from soiling public places,” Opposition leader Dnyanraj Nikam said, adding, “That would be more fruitful in keeping the city clean than just thinking of earning revenue every time. I don’t think this proposal needs to be passed. Rather, the proposal of having more litter bins should be tabled soon.”

Rs 5 cr
Revenue earned by BMC last year

No of marshals that will be deployed across the city

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