NMMC to form spe­cial squad to stop open defe­ca­tion: Mundhe

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

A spe­cial squad to keep a check and to take ac­tion against open defe­ca­tion will be formed in the city.

The mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion will not pick garbage from hous­ing so­ci­eties which do not seg­re­gate their garbage.

This was an­nounced by mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Tukaram Mundhe, who vis­ited Ra­bale sta­tion area un­der his ‘Walk with the com­mis­sioner’ ini­tia­tive, on Satur­day morn­ing.

The com­mis­sioner re­ceived com­plaints and sug­ges­tions with re­spect to civic ser­vices and devel­op­men­tal work from the res­i­dents of Ra­bale, Goth­ivli, Talavli and Ghan­soli ar­eas dur­ing the visit.

The com­mis­sioner as­sured res­i­dents that the is­sues raised by them will be re­solved within the next two weeks.

The res­i­dents raised the is­sues of roads, sewage sys­tem, il­le­gal hawker men­ace, pond and gar­den se­cu­rity with Mundhe.

Fol­low­ing com­plaints of open defe­ca­tion in the re­gion by a num­ber of peo­ple, Mundhe said: “We will form a spe­cial squad which will take ac­tion. We will also in­crease the fine of Rs100 mul­ti­fold so that it acts as a ma­jor de­ter­rent and curbs the men­ace.”

Mundhe said, “Cit­i­zens are given grants by the gov­ern­ment and NMMC for pri­vate toi­lets. They should take ad­van­tage of the fa­cil­ity. If it is not pos­si­ble for some to have a pri­vate toi­let due to lack of space, they should make use of pub­lic toi­lets.”

Warn­ing of strict ac­tion against hous­ing so­ci­eties that do not seg­re­gate dry and wet garbage, Mundhe said, “The so­ci­eties that do not co­op­er­ate, will not have their garbage picked up. Strict le­gal ac­tion will also be taken against such so­ci­eties that do not seg­re­gate their garbage as per the norms.”

The com­mis­sioner stated that the clus­ter de­vel­op­ment and slum re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion is­sues in the area will be re­solved as per the norms.

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