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Civic body forms panel to revive citizens’ groups

mumbai Updated: Aug 12, 2010 01:07 IST
Bhavika Jain
Bhavika Jain
Hindustan Times
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The civic body wants to revive the Advanced Locality Management (ALM) groups in the city in order to promote citizens’ initiatives.

It has formed a core committee comprising members of different ALMs, civic officials and Srikrishna Bhagwant, officer on special duty in charge of ALMs, so that the citizens’ groups and the civic body can share experiences and draw up a plan to increase co-ordination and step up ALM activities.

There are more than 750 ALMs in the city, but there have been new registrations with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in the last two years.

“The ALM movement in the city is in ‘sleep mode’. The whole idea about forming the core committee is to revive the entire citizen partnership movement along with the BMC,” said Indrani Malkani of the Little Gibbs Road ALM at Malabar Hill, who is part of the core committee.

Some other core group members are Bharti Kakkad, secretary of the Union Park Residents Association ALM, Nusrat and Afzal Khatri, the couple who won the Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar for their green efforts last year, Rajkumar Sharma of Chembur and Viren Merchant of the Joshi Lane ALM, Ghatkopar, which was the first ALM in the city, started in 1997.

The group will meet additional municipal commissioner, Ashish Kumar Singh, early next week. “We want to have an ALM for every street in the city. People’s partnership, in any kind of project undertaken by the civic body, is needed,” Singh said.

“Through this meeting, we will also assess the civic body’s shortcomings and try to rectify them to smoothen the partnership.”

“The citizens’ movement is the strongest movement the city has seen in 10 years. All efforts should be made to revive it,” said Kakkad.