Mumbai: Once bitten, BMC acts to protect Worli garage staff

Updated: Dec 06, 2016, 11:45 IST | Laxman Singh

After a report on 40-odd employees falling prey to dengue and malaria due to the unclean premise conditions, solid waste management department sends team to take stock

The Asphalt Garage in Worli where 40-odd staffers of BMC suffered from dengue and malaria due to the pathetic condition of the premises
The Asphalt Garage in Worli where 40-odd staffers of BMC suffered from dengue and malaria due to the pathetic condition of the premises

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to dispose of the scrap vehicles from Asphalt Garage in Worli in a time-bound manner. mid-day had reported on November 18 about the 40-odd staffers — drivers and cleaners — working at the garage suffering from dengue and malaria due to the pathetic condition of the premises.

After the report, a senior official in the Solid Waste Management (SWM) department, which looks after garages, swung into action and visited the place to take stock of the cleaning and facilities.

Swift action
Speaking to mid-day, chief engineer of the department Siraj Ansari confirmed the development and said, “It is a very serious issue. I have visited the site and found filthy toilets among other things with no proper cleaning done. That's what must have led to mosquito breeding on the premises. We have issued strict instructions to the cleaning staff to make the area spotless and maintain it.”

“We are speeding up the removal of vehicle scrap dumped inside the garage. I have asked lower rank officials to ensure that it gets taken out within a month. We will finalise on a contractor for removing these vehicles as soon as possible,” he added.

Mosquito home
Water would frequently accumulate in the broken parts, and that's where mosquitoes would breed. The garage came under scanner last month, when several workers took ill and blamed the filthy premises and mosquito breeding in the area.

Officials from the insecticide department had then inspected the site and found breeding spots in two locations — in the water accumulated in the engine of an abandoned vehicle and below the abandoned vehicles. The insecticide department officials had also then conducted awareness programmes for the garage employees.

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No. of vehicles dumped at the garage in Worli

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