NMMC drive to end open defecation in city
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.”