After the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) purchased 5,000 litter bins last year, it has planned to place 4,500 more bins in Mumbai again. The proposed bins will be of stainless steel, with a capacity of 40 litres, and will put up on poles at various footpaths and roads.
Aiming for a litter-free city, the civic body will spend Rs 6.17 crore to purchase the bins, which cost Rs 13,700 per unit. A senior civic official from solid waste management department said, “The process is in its initial stages. This time we will purchase all 4,500 bins of same type. New lot will be stainless steel litter bins. One pair of bin is going to cost us Rs 13,700 including the installation at respective places.”
BMC had purchased 5,000 litter bins of four different types, which are currently being installed throughout the city.
“We have finished installation of 4,300 of 5,000 bins, which were purchased for Rs6 crore last year. There were four types of bins, of which two were of stainless steel and others were FRP (a type of plastic) and mounted on a pole. The FRP bins have been damaged and stolen at many places. So this time we have decided to purchase only the stainless steel bins,” said another official from the solid waste management department.
Activists have raised questions about the price of the litter bins, which seldom last for the entire duration of their assured life. Citizen activist Nikhil Desai said, “It’s has not even been a year and several bins have already been destroyed or displaced. While purchasing the costly bins, civic body had claimed that there will be no chance of damage and theft; but it has been proven otherwise now. Also, many stainless steel bins are in very bad shape since they have started eroding.”
The civic body will soon float the tenders and it will take a year to install all the bins.
The place decided for bins will be finalised after citizens’ demands and public representatives’ suggestions.