NMMC drive to end open defe­ca­tion in city

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

As per the in­struc­tions re­ceived un­der the Swachch Bharat Mis­sion, the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC) con­ducted a spe­cial drive in the city from July 1 to 15.

The drive in­cluded or­gan­is­ing work­shops for all res­i­den­tial wel­fare as­so­ci­a­tions and hous­ing so­ci­eties at the ward level. It also con­ducted cleanliness drives in its ju­ris­dic­tion.

Un­der the open defe­ca­tion free pro­gramme of Swachch Bharat Mis­sion, a spe­cial squad tar­geted those defe­cat­ing in the open and guided them on the is­sue.

The drive was con­ducted on Wed­nes­day from 5am to 8am in Vish­nuna­gar and Ilthanpada ar­eas of Digha.

Sud­hakar Vadje, san­i­ta­tion of­fi­cer of Digha ward, said: “The squad mem­bers spoke to the slum dwellers liv­ing here, who defe­cate in the open. We asked them to stop go­ing out in the open to an­swer na­ture’s call and ex­plain them the harm that is caused due to it.”

He added, “They were also in­formed of the govern­ment Shri Vit­thal Dar­shan As­so­ci­a­tion celebrates Ashadi Ekadashi at Juina­gar on Fri­day.

(Left) Stu­dents of Nu­tan Shik­shan Man­dal’s Ba­pu­rao Agarkar pre-pri­mary school in Kalyan take out a pro­ces­sion on Ekadashi. grants that the NMMC pro­vides for con­struc­tion of pri­vate toi­lets and other op­tions that they have.”

In the con­text of the drive, a live demon­stra­tion, in­for­ma­tion and guid­ance on seg­re­ga­tion of wet and dry garbage was given to the res­i­dents of Ashtv­inayak Apart­ment in Bindu Mad­hav Na­gar area of Digha, ear­lier this week. Cleanliness drive too was un­der­taken in the hous­ing so­ci­eties in the area.

A large num­ber of res­i­dents par­tic­i­pated in the pro­grammes for which of­fi­cials and per­son­nel of Digha ward were present.

The de­ci­sion by mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Tukaram Mundhe to can­cel mar­ble cladding of the dome of Ambed­kar memo­rial in Airoli, has come in for se­vere crit­i­cism by mayor Sud­hakar Son­awane.

He has termed it as an at­tempt to de­mean Ambed­kar’s works and an ar­ro­gant act by the com­mis­sioner which will de­stroy the beauty of the struc­ture. He has vowed to fight the de­ci­sion.

Mundhe on Thurs­day an­nounced scrap­ping the pro­posal passed by the gen­eral body.

The dome will now be painted white. The civic body will save around Rs20 crore with the de­ci­sion.

The struc­ture is be­ing constructed by NMMC on plot num­ber 22 at sec­tor 15 in Airoli.

Tak­ing um­brage at the de­ci­sion, Son­awane, said, “The rea­sons cited by the com­mis­sioner are not some­thing that can be ac­cepted. The IIT re­port should have been sought when the build­ing was be­ing constructed not when the mar­ble was to be put on the dome to beau­tify it.”

Stat­ing that the is­sues had al­ready been ad­dressed by the gen­eral body, Son­awane said, “We had de­cided on mar­ble cladding in­stead of GRC sheet.”

In­stead of wet cladding, dry cladding was pro­posed to pre­vent change in the colour and other ef­fects, he said. “Change of colour is­sue too was taken care of as there are mod­ern tech­niques to pre­vent it through chem­i­cal treat­ment,” he said.

He added, “There is no ques­tion of change in size and con­se­quent leak­age as claimed. There was a pro­vi­sion for wa­ter to drain from the struc­ture. Be­sides in dry cladding, an­chor fas­tener is used and it is hol­low in the mid­dle and hence there are not heat is­sue and the con­se­quent size changes.”

Ex­press­ing sur­prise at the IIT re­port, the mayor said, “This is noth­ing but an at­tempt to de­stroy the Ambed­kar memo­rial.”

Son­awane said, “We will ap­proach the chief min­is­ter if re­quired over his ac­tion against the gen­eral body’s de­ci­sion. He can’t be dis­mis­sive of its res­o­lu­tions.”

RISHIKESH CHOUD­HARY

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