NMMC cracks down on de­bris dump­ing

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com Megha Pol megha.pol@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Corporation (NMMC) will take ac­tion against the de­bris dump­ing men­ace in the city.

The civic body has warned of crim­i­nal cases against those putting up il­le­gal hoard­ings, ban­ners and posters in ar­eas un­der the NMMC’s ju­ris­dic­tion.

Spe­cial toll-free helpline num­bers, What­sApp num­bers and e-griev­ance fa­cil­i­ties have been al­lo­cated to each ward. The head­quar­ters will source in­for­ma­tion from res­i­dents re­gard­ing il­le­gal con­struc­tions, hoard­ings and de­bris dump­ing.

“To make it easy for res­i­dents to in­form the NMMC about de­bris dump­ing in man­groves, con­struc­tion of il­le­gal struc­tures and il­le­gal ban­ners, posters and hoard­ings, we have started toll-free num­bers in all eight wards. There are toll-free num­bers at the head­quar­ters too,” said Mundhe.

There have been in­stances of de­bris be­ing dumped in man­groves un­der the NMMC’s ju­ris­dic­tion. The Bombay high court or­dered the NMMC to en­sure that the man­groves are pre­served and that no de­bris are dumped there.

“To pre­vent such dump­ing and to take ac­tion in cases where the dump­ing takes place, the NMMC has ap­pointed all ward of­fi­cers as nodal of­fi­cers and en­trusted them with the re­spon­si­bil­ity,” said mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Tukaram Mundhe.

“Res­i­dents can send pic­tures of ve­hi­cles il­le­gally dump­ing de­bris on man­groves and roads. We will en­sure that the per­son’s iden­tity is kept a se­cret,” he added.

“The Bombay high court has or­dered the fil­ing of crim­i­nal cases against those re­spon­si­ble for il­le­gal hoard­ings, ban­ners and posters. Hence all the res­i­dents, or­gan­i­sa­tions and man­dals have been in­formed that they should not ad­ver­tise in the city through ban­ners, posters, hoard­ings or wall paint­ings with­out seek­ing per­mis­sion from the NMMC,” he said.

“Those vi­o­lat­ing the or­der will face crim­i­nal charges un­der the Ma­ha­rash­tra Pre­ven­tion of De­face­ment of Pub­lic Prop­erty Act 1995,” he added.

NMMC has started com­plaint re­dres­sal cen­tres in ev­ery ward.

Tak­ing into ac­count the pop­u­lar­ity of What­sApp, a num­ber has been al­lo­cated for res­i­dents to post pic­tures of il­le­gal ad­ver­tise­ments, hoard­ings, posters in their ar­eas apart from those of il­le­gal con­struc­tions and de­bris dump­ing.

Res­i­dents can also com­plain through e-mail and also up­load pic­tures of vi­o­la­tions through the e-griev­ance fa­cil­ity on the civic body’s web­site www. nmm­con­line.com

The Thane Mu­nic­i­pal Corporation (TMC) has as­sured it will take ac­tion against the con­trac­tor and the bus driver af­ter a new TMT bus was dam­aged af­ter hit­ting a di­vider on Mon­day. The stand­ing com­mit­tee has al­leged cor­rup­tion in pur­chase of th­ese buses and ap­point­ment of con­trac­tors to op­er­ate them.

On Mon­day evening, a new TMT bus (MH 04 EP 714) ac­quired by the corporation last week hit a di­vider near Gokul Na­gar and the floor of the bus was dam­aged. The is­sue was raised in the stand­ing com­mit­tee by NCP cor­po­ra­tor Na­jib Mul­lah, who al­leged, “Last time the buses pur­chased by the corporation turned into scraps within a year. This time it took merely a cou­ple of days for the buses to start break­ing down. The rate of op­er­a­tion of th­ese buses in Navi Mum­bai and Thane shows huge dis­crep­an­cies.”

The trans­port author­ity said the bus was dam­aged ow­ing to the un­even di­vider. “The bus was a low-floor bus which is merely 400mm from the ground. The driver was speed­ing when the bus hit the di­vider and its lower body broke out from the re­main­ing part. The con­trac­tor will take the re­spon­si­bil­ity of re­pair­ing this bus,” in­formed Sud­heer Raut, TMT man­ager.

Ad­di­tional com­mis­sioner Ashok Rankhamb said there was no cor­rup­tion in the buy­ing and op­er­a­tion con­tract as all of them were ap­proved by the gen­eral body and the stand­ing com­mit­tee.

Mul­lah al­leged that if the driver was speed­ing, it is bla­tant vi­o­la­tion of the norms of the con­tract as he has not jeop­ar­dised the life of the com­muters but also dam­aged pub­lic prop­erty.

Rankhamb said, “We have ini­ti­ated an in­quiry and if the driver is found guilty, ac­tion will be taken against both driver and the con­trac­tor re­spon­si­ble for ap­point­ing him.”

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