Mumbai: Dilapidated buildings, hawkers and piles of garbage choke B ward

Updated: Nov 14, 2016, 11:40 IST | Rupsa Chakraborty

Roads are littered with garbage. Residents faced a harrowing time commuting through filth during the monsoon. With over 1.4 lakh residents, the number of illegal constructions continues to grow

Garbage rotting on Khambekar Street in Dongri. Pic/Shadab Khan
Garbage rotting on Khambekar Street in Dongri. Pic/Shadab Khan

On June 27, we had raised the issues of illegal buildings, encroachments of pavements and shortage of water in the 2.84-sqkm ward. Hawkers and dilapidated buildings still block streets. Most of the unauthorised buildings are also fire hazards.

Roads are littered with garbage. Residents faced a harrowing time commuting through such filth during the monsoon. With over 1.4 lakh residents, the number of illegal constructions continues to grow.

Residents Speak

Iqbal Saeed, Resident of Sydenham Compound
This area has adequate water supply and the roads are good, too. The only problem is irregular collection of garbage from our housing society. The BMC picks it up only on alternate days.

Tarik Merchant, Resident of Mohammed Ali Road
Garbage clogs all drains, which, in turn, become breeding sites for mosquitoes. The BMC hasn’t taken remedial measures despite repeated complaints. The roads are riddled with potholes.

Corporators Speak

Waqarunnissa Ansari, Bengalipura-Princess Docks
Despite our repeated attempts to prevent disposal of garbage on the roads, residents refuse to follow the rules. The area also has a large number of beggars and migrants who stay on for a few days and throw wasteon the roads. We collect garbage three times a day. Most of the buildings are over 100 years old and were raised in violation of rules. They are not even spaced out well. So, if we try to raze one, it’ll be impossible not to damage another. If the BMC releases more funds, the ward can be better developed.

Javed Juneja, Musafirkhana-Victoria Docks
The houses here were constructed long ago. If we try to break one, others will be affected. It’s not possible to create hawker-free zones. After each time we chase them away, they return. We are regularly conducting fire safety audits of buildings.

BMC Speaks

UA Shiroorkar, Assistant municipal commissioner
I am working on making areas hawker-free. We have installed 16 air extractors in big markets, which help purify air and bring down power bills. We also plan to introduce an automated garbage compressing system near the fish market.

Expert Speak

Amin Parekh, General president of Social Educational Welfare Association
Most people chuck garbage on the roads without the slightest concern for the locality or their neighbours. In the monsoon, this had become more problematic as drains got clogged and water stagnated on the roads. Unauthorised hawkers encroach upon already narrow lanes, which causes traffic bottlenecks. Nothing has changed in recent times.

B ward: Mohammed Ali Road, Dongri, Pydhonie

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