Appalled by the filth on the streets of Mumbai, Honorary Consul General of Greece, Jeroo Mango, has written to the civic commissioner complaining about the ‘glaring lack’ of litter bins.
Mango’s letter to BMC chief Subodh Kumar mentions that one can’t find a litter bin on the stretch between Juhu Koliwada and Juhu Chowpatty. Mango lives on Juhu Tara Road.
The letter states that in order to keep the streets of the city clean, it is necessary to have litter bins along the roads, like they have in other cities of the world.
According to civic norms, there should be a dustbin every 300 metres. However, currently, there are only 800 litter bins installed across the city, with others being damaged or stolen. “Many people give the excuse that bins will be stolen. But you can have a heavy weighted burrow or something heavy embedded in the ground, which cannot be stolen. And fine people if they don’t use the bins. But first provide them with that. This is a glaring lack in the city,” reads the letter. BMC officials said that the civic body has not purchased litter bins since 2007.