Cracking down on litterbugs who choke the city's drains, the municipal corporation has launched an exercise to identify the 10 dirtiest nullahs (drains) and post clean-up marshals there.
Municipal commissioner Subodh Kumar has cleared the proposal to keep the drains clean, thus saving crores on desilting.
Clogged drains result in the surrounding areas getting waterlogged during monsoon.
“Despite our efforts at desilting drains, many people throw trash into the drains, choking them. Clean-up marshals will help curb this menace,” said Aseem Gupta, additional municipal commissioner.
As soon the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) identifies the “10 dirtiest drains in the city”, 15 to 20 clean-up marshals will be posted there within 10 days, Gupta added.
In April, the Hindustan Times had reported on the BMC’s plan to post clean-up marshals along the drains in the city.
Civic officials said the proposal —the brainchild of civic standing committee chairman Rahul Shewale — will be implemented this monsoon.
The BMC will put up boards near the drains, warning people to not throw trash there. “Anyone caught littering will be fined,” Gupta added.
“We give the contractors an estimated quantity of silt to remove from the drains and pay them accordingly. However, because of the littering menace, though contractors do their work, the drains are still not clean,” said a civic official on condition of anonymity because of protocol reasons.
The marshals will also ensure that locals do not keep mounds of garbage near the nullahs because the trash is likely to slip into the drains when it rains.
The Nehru Nagar nullah at Kurla, the Chunabhatti nullah, the Laxmi Nagar nullah at Ghatkopar and the MbPT nullah could make it on the list of the “10 dirtiest drains in the city”.