Some success and some goof-ups. That was how the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) anti-littering campaign began on Thursday.
Almost 1,000 civic marshals from private security agencies will be scanning the city to detect offenders and fine them anything from Rs 100 to Rs 20,000 for dirtying the city. The offences include littering, spitting, urinating, bathing and defecating on roads or public places, washing vehicles on the roads and also not segregating dry and wet garbage at the housing society level. The civic marshals are nuisance detectors who have been authorised by the BMC to fine the citizens for dirtying the city.
At a simple function at the BMC headquarters in south Mumbai on Thursday evening, the civic marshals were flagged off by Mayor Shubha Raut. Dressed in dark blue uniforms, 50 civic marshals then went to the areas under their jurisdiction to begin the work.
Though the detailed figures were not available by the end of the day, HT was witness to at least half a dozen offenders being caught spitting or throwing litter on the roads in the business area of south Mumbai. The agency recovered a fine of about Rs 5,000 on day one.
However, in some wards the civic marshals reported to the ward offices late in the evening and chose to work from Friday.
“It was just the beginning. We will start fining immediately but we will take it slowly,” said additional municipal commissioner R.A. Rajeev. The campaign is the brainchild of Rajeev and is being pushed through by the administration even as the elected representatives are not keen on the same.
Across the city, five security agencies have been given the contract to check littering in 24 administrative wards. Each ward will have at least 25 civic marshals and it will be their responsibility to maintain cleanliness in their areas.