To ensure clean roads and public places during monsoon, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) recently issued a circular on to all administrative wards to undertake pre-monsoon cleanliness drives.
The civic body has also instructed the local offices in all the wards to focus primarily on transporting silt from the nullahs, construction debris and garbage from all over city.
The circular was issued by additional municipal commissioner Pallavi Darade, who has been assigned the charge of the solid waste management (SWM) department a week ago.
According to the circular, a copy of which with HT, all the ward officers and zonal deputy municipal commissioners (DMCs) should carry out site inspections and get the pre-monsoon cleanliness work done before May 31. Also, they should make sure all garbage has cleared from the roads and public places.
The city faces a number of problems owing to the accumulated garbage and construction debris during monsoon every year. The authorities also face the problem of clearing garbage during the season. There have been instances of nullahs overflowing as the silt removed from them is not cleared. They flow back to the nullah during rains.
An officer from SWM department said, “Every monsoon, we receive a number of complaints from the citizens about the dirty roads, heaps of garbage and overflowing nullahs. They say public money is being wasted on cleanliness drives that do not show results. This year, all ward officers are being told in advance to complete the work.”
This year, the BMC is focusing on removing the silt from the major and minor nallas. As part of the pre-monsoon nullah cleaning, the contractors have been specifically instructed to clear the area of the silt. The silt should be transported to dumping ground within 24 hours of removing it out of the nullahs.
SWM chief engineer Siraj Ansari said, “The purpose of this circular is to get the cleanliness work done before monsoon to avoid inconvenience to the public. All ward officers have been instructed to monitor the work personally.”