Mumbai: Shivaji Park residents beat BMC officials in cleanliness contest

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jan 23, 2015 22:02 IST

In a competition between citizens and civic officials to keep the areas in Dadar dirt-free, residents of Shivaji Park of won the contest by five points.

Municipal commissioner Sitaram Kunte and mayor Snehal Ambekar had flagged of the two-month competition in November.

Residents and officials from the local ward office had to clean around 11 lanes, footpaths and community toilets over a period of two months.

The Welingkar Institute of Management and Research was roped in to judge the contest. The participants were judged on 13 parameters including road cleanliness, its maintenance, collection of household wastes, usage of plastic bags during the contest, preventive measures for avoiding spitting and dumping of waste, and condition of garbage bins.

The residents scored 63 out of 100 in the contest.

Fed up with the token clean-up drive by celebrities under the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan, citizens had approached corporator Sandeep Deshpande with an idea of holding a competition with the civic body to keep the area clean. Around 100 citizens had signed up for the drive.

Appreciating the effort, Kunte said, “Initiatives like these must be encouraged in the entire city and the competition model must be replicated under the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan.”

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