South Mumbai will soon have a filth-free coastline. That is what the Bombay high court wants the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to ensure.
The BMC informed the high court on Thursday that it has appointed a private agency to clean the coastline between Nariman Point and Haji Ali.
Priti Purandare, advocate for the BMC, informed the court they have given the contract for the job to SM transport.
Purandare read the minutes of a meeting held by deputy municipal commissioner (zone 1), in the first week of November and said that the BMC would take 22 days to clean the stretch.
The cleaning exercise will continue because people litter the beaches every day, the BMC has said.
The BMC held the meeting following a high court directive on September 23. The court was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by The Maha-Goolestan Co-operative Housing Society at Mahalaxmi in 2008.
The PIL states that the coastline between Mahalaxmi and Warden Road, particularly around Mahalaxmi temple, had turned into a dumping ground.
The court had asked the corporation for a report on what it was doing about this.
The PIL has sought that the BMC, the Mumbai police and the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board be directed to take steps to maintain cleanliness along the sea front in this area. It has also requested that those people who flout the law and throw garbage in and around the sea be prosecuted.
The high court had included the Mahalaxmi temple trust as a respondent to the PIL in June. The trust said it has pasted notices around the temple telling devotees to maintain cleanliness in and around the temple and the sea. The Mahalaxmi temple is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Mumbai and sees thousands of visitors every day.
The high court has now given the corporation four weeks to file an affidavit giving a general status of the clean-up exercise.