Taking a serious note of the complaints regarding garbage collection owing to a lack of adequate compactors provided by contractors, the civic administration on Friday initiated a ‘garbage tour’ of the city starting from Dadar.
The delegation of civic officers accompanied by standing committee chairman, Rahul Shewale, additional municipal commissioner, Mohan Adtani, along with local corporators reviewed the garbage collection system in the G-north ward.
The ward has received numerous complaints from residents about overflowing garbage bins.
Three days ago, the civic administration was forced to issue a statement about the issue, after corporators across party lines complained about flaws in the garbage collection system and threatened to dump garbage at the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) headquarters. Following the uproar, officials initiated a review of the system by visiting worst-affected wards on Friday. Similar review visits will be conducted in other wards in the days to come.
“We have instructed contractors to provide more vehicles that will improve the condition,” said Adtani, after the meeting with ward-level officials.
Shewale has asked the administration to identify a spot in the ward as a ‘transfer depot.’ “Due to long queues of compactors at the dumping ground, they cannot be emptied in a minimum time period. If a transfer depot is identified at the ward level then compactors can make greater number of trips,” he said.
Civic activists have welcomed the move. “They should visit the F-north (King Circle) ward without prior intimation to ward-level officials. Only then will they realise the real problem of overflowing garbage bins,” said Nikhil Desai, member of F-north citizens’ forum.