In an attempt to keep house gullies clean, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has said it will appointment six non-government organizations (NGOs) to clean 274 house gullies in E ward, which includes Byculla, Mumbai Central and Sewree.
Of the 890 house gullies in E ward, BMC has appointed civic conservancy staff in 616 gullies to clean it every week. The proposal to appoint NGOs for the rest of 274 house gullies, at a cost of Rs 33 lakh, will be tabled before the standing committee in the meeting on Wednesday.
The NGOs will be appointed for a period of 91 days.
Earlier, the civic body used to clean the house gullies once every month, which was then changed to once a week last year. Under the ambitious Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the BMC has also kick-started door-to-door waste collection from buildings in house gullies as a pilot project in B ward (Dongri, Pydhonie.
For this, the civic body has appointed a consultant for Rs 20 lakh.
The civic body’s solid waste management department is also planning similar initiative in other wards of the island city.
Filthy house gullies lead to health hazards, as the accumulating garbage causes water contamination and an increase in pests. According to civic officials, house gullies are very narrow and difficult to clean and the problem is more common in south Mumbai, which has several buildings in close proximity to each other.
As per the civic body’s record there are 7,000 house gullies in island city. The civic body is also planning to create awareness among residents to dispose of waste with its conservancy staff.
BMC had, on experimental basis, had asked conservancy staff to undertake door to door waste collection, however it was not very successful.