The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) headquarters at Fort has been ranked the second cleanest of 120 government offices assessed under the Swachch Bharat initiative in the city.
The top spot is shared by the Reserve Bank of India office in Mumbai Central and the Malad passport office. The survey was conducted earlier in March by the Quality Council of India.
Pallavi Darade, additional municipal commissioner and in-charge of the solid waste management (SWM) department, said, “We encouraged the offices in the first two weeks of March to conduct a cleanliness drive. Then the assessment was done through surprise visits.”
Officials said 44% of government offices assessed scored above 75% marks in the rankings. The worst ranking has been given to the Andheri post office and the Mahanagar Telephone Exchange Limited office in Andheri (West).
Activists, however, criticised the rankings. Nikhil Desai, a citizen activist who frequents the BMC headquarters said, “The toilets in the office are in a bad condition. There are piles of paper and old furniture everywhere.”
Activist Godfrey Pimenta said, “I am a regular visitor at the headquarters and I have seen other government offices which are much cleaner.”