The civic standing committee has passed the resolution for a new garbage collection scheme for the city’s slums. The new scheme aims to break the monopoly of present organisations that are appointed under the old scheme and to ensure better garbage collection services in slums.
As the BMC’s garbage collection system does not extended to the slums, the civic body appoints non-government organisations who ensure house-to-house garbage collection, provide dustbins to houses in slums and ensure clean drains there.
From February, the new scheme called the Swachcha Mumbai Prabodhan Abhiyan will replace the old one—Dattak Vasti Yojana— that was first initiated by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in 2001.
While the civic administration said that the new scheme includes more stringent guidelines for organisations that will be appointed under the scheme, some members of the committee termed the new scheme as ‘old wine in a new bottle’.
“Unless there are specific conditions put in place to ensure better services from organisations employed under the scheme, the new scheme promises nothing new for the slum dwellers,” said Manoj Kotak, Bharatiya Janata Party corporator.
Some amendments to the new scheme were also sought by members. These include reducing the population of a slum cluster that is handed out to an organisation for upkeep and making the criteria for appointing organisations more lenient so that current organisations could seek re-appointment.
“The new policy aims to bring about a large scale change in the way the city’s slums are cleaned. We have tried to come out with a policy that would result in a cleaner Mumbai in the future,” said Rahul Shewale, chairman, civic standing committee.