No overflowing garbage across the place, no defecation on streets, no stench and orderly movement of crowds. This was the scene at Shivaji Park on December 6 this year, a complete turnaround compared to previous years when the place used to be in complete mess and chaos.
This was possible due to meticulous planning and management for the last three months by the officials of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
Out of the 25 tons of garbage estimated to be generated this year, half has already found itself in the dumping grounds. The reason was there was hundreds of small bins placed across the ground and the 300 BMC staff were regularly emptying them in the garbage trucks.
"We had divided the whole place into nine zones and each team was assigned one zone to clear the place. This ensured that garbage was removed in the source itself," said Ashwin Khanolkar, Assistant Commissioner (G-North).
The BMC also distributed bio-degradable bags to the organisers who were distributing food packets to ensure speedy disposal of waste matter.
Another problem of water shortage was also sorted out as the BMC installed 300 water connections across the place.
For years the residents have been complaining of stench across the place due to waste matter and also defecation. This year, 20 workers from the civic body were going round the place spraying disinfectant-based deodorants to minimise stench.
The BMC also deployed nuisance squads to fine people who defecated in open or dirtied the place. "Since we have made adequate toilet arrangements, there is no reason to do so. I have instructed my staff to fine people or make them do community services," said Dr Shantaram Kudalkar, BMC Deputy Municipal Commissioner.
BMC staffs were seen forcing people to perform sit ups who violated the rules.
In view of over 15 lakh people coming to Shivaji Park, the BMC first constructed 8 huge pandals on the ground itself to house 70,000 people. Another huge pandal was constructed at Worli BDD chawls and at Dr Ambedkar college at Wadala to ease the situation at Shivaji Park.