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Clean-up marshals to return to the streets

The clean-up scheme which was discontinued last year, is all set to make a come back.

mumbai Updated: Feb 15, 2011 01:49 IST
Bhavika Jain

The clean-up scheme which was discontinued last year, is all set to make a come back.

Under the new scheme the civic body plans to do away some of the marshals’ powers and instead asks the ward officers in each ward to supervise their activities.

One major change is that the maximum fine that can be imposed by marshals has been brought down from Rs 20,000 to Rs 10,000.

If they need to levy a fine of more than Rs10,000 they will have to seek a sanction from the concerned ward officer.

Further, there will 25 to 30 marshals in each ward, depending on the size of ward and one private agency will not get more than five wards to man.

Moreover, 30% of the total marshals in one ward will be manning locations decided by the ward officer as against manning locations of their choice, which was allowed earlier.

“There were allegations that these marshals always stand near a clinic or near a construction site looking for an opportunity to fine them, leading to allegations of extortion. So through this new set up we are trying to change that,” said a senior civic official.

The marshals will also be trained in etiquette to reduce complaints from citizens about their uncouth behavior.

Standing committee chairman Rahul Shewale said that after the revised scheme is put before the standing committee, they will discuss it and make suitable modifications if needed.

The marshal scheme had been launched in 2007. Around 700 marshals from private agencies manned the streets of Mumbai. They were authorised to fine people who litter or spit on the roads or public places

The marshal scheme was discontinued in December after the civic standing committee refused to renew the contracts of the clean-up agencies stating that they were indulging in acts of corruption.

Corporators had demanded a scheme whereby staff from the BMC should be engaged as marshals instead of granting these rights to private agencies.