The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has collaborated with the Hindustan Times to support the Clean My Mumbai campaign, a first such tie-up by the civic body. HT’s campaign, which began on Saturday morning at Khar (West), will aim at starting and sustaining a citizen movement to clean up your city over the next few months.
On Saturday, BMC employees cleared heaps of garbage piled up near a market at Khar (West). In the next few hours, they also painted the walls of a community toilet. This clean-up drive is the first of many activities planned under HT’s Clean My Mumbai campaign.
Residents said the spot, which is lined with commercial establishments and restaurants, has been used as a dump yard for years. “All commercial establishments throw their waste here, at any time of the day. The situation is so bad, residents of other colonies also come here to throw their garbage,” said Pushpa Tambe, a resident.
The clean-up came as a pleasant surprise for locals. “This is probably the first time in decades that I have seen this spot clean. All one could see here was waste piled up, a stench that lasts all day and flies hovering,” said Arif Mansoori, a resident.
“There is little space for pedestrians and vehicles, and passers-by are forced to cover their nose because of the stench,” said Ravi, an employee at a clothes shop in the area.
But, the cleanliness drive got locals to stop and take note. “It’s so nice to see my locality clean,” said Nidhi Sule, a Class 5 student, who had come with her father just to watch the drive.
The challenge though is to keep the area clean and increase awareness among residents, said Chandrakant Tambe, junior overseer, H-West, BMC. “We have a system of door-to-door garbage collection, but many choose to dump waste on their own, later in the day. We will soon start an awareness drive,” he said.