BMC is al­ways in the news for wrong things, hope not again

HIGH­LIGHTS of the year 2017 – ma­jor hap­pen­ings and de­ci­sions the city ex­pe­ri­enced

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI -

BMC Chief Ajoy Me­hta firmly said there should be a close vigil on the con­di­tion of man­hole cov­ers and the depart­ment re­spon­si­ble must en­sure no man­hole is left open

AS the year 2017 is set to com­plete and ev­ery­one will wel­come the new year. Let's take a round on var­i­ous hap­pen­ings the city has ex­pe­ri­enced and the im­por­tant de­ci­sions taken by the Bri­hanmum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) in the en­tire year.

BMC’S GARBAGE COL­LEC­TION EASES

Dis­con­tin­u­ing garbage col­lec­tion from bulk gen­er­a­tors, re­laxes Oc­to­ber 2, 2017 dead­line af­ter ob­jec­tion from po­lit­i­cal par­ties:

Fol­low­ing the Bom­bay High Court or­der of no more garbage dump­ing at Deonar dump­ing ground and other and in ad­di­tion no new con­struc­tion work to be started across Mumbai, the Bri­hanmum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) has found out a new way to re­duce the un­treated garbage go­ing to the dump­ing ground and also hope to re­duce the bur­den on all three dump­ing grounds.

The Mu­nic­i­pal Com­mis­sioner Ajoy Me­hta had in July or­dered that hous­ing so­ci­eties that pro­duce more than 100kg of waste daily or have an area of around 2,000 square me­tre, will have to seg­re­gate waste daily and process it.

The BMC is­sued 5,304 cir­cu­lars to bulk gen­er­a­tors, in­clud­ing restau­rants, ho­tels, gymkhanas and com­mer­cial com­plexes, among others, to begin seg­re­ga­tion.

But fol­low­ing op­po­si­tion, the civic body an­nounced to re­lax the dead­line and had asked for hous­ing so­ci­eties to sub­mit a plan to get the ex­ten­sion. How­ever, only hun­dred bulk gen­er­a­tors across 24 wards came for­ward to ask for the ex­ten­sion, while more than 3,000 units did not re­spond to civic body’s dead­line.

In the first week of Septem­ber, the BMC also staged a city­wide ex­hi­bi­tion, dis­play­ing the com­post­ing ma­chines of 40 to 50 firms be­fore 22,000 bulk gen­er­a­tors.

It was at­tended by Chief Min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis, Sena chief Ud­dhav Thack­eray and ac­tor Amitabh Bachchan.

Ev­ery day, around 7,800 met­ric tonnes of garbage is gen­er­ated in the city, of which around 3,000 met­ric tonnes is treated sci­en­tif­i­cally at the Kan­jur­marg dump­ing ground. With the new or­der, the BMC hopes to re­duce the bur­den on the three dump­ing grounds which has cur­rently crossed the limit of dump­ing waste.

ALL MANHOLES TO BE SHUT: ME­HTA

The death of Dr. Deepak Amara­purkar af­ter fall­ing into a man­hole dur­ing the Au­gust 29, 2017 floods once again it high­lighted the ap­a­thy of Bri­hanmum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) and how a com­mon has to suf­fer due to the neg­li­gence of BMC. How­ever, af­ter two months the civic com­mis­sioner Ajoy Me­hta di­rects all ward of­fi­cials to close all open man­hole or cover all man­hole of which the cov­ers are miss­ing.

Also, ad­dress the com­plaint of man­hole open within 48 hours. In the monthly re­view meet­ing of all ward-level of­fi­cials of the BMC, Me­hta firmly said there should be a close vigil on the con­di­tion of man­hole cov­ers and the depart­ment re­spon­si­ble must en­sure no man­hole is left open. Also proper co-or­di­na­tion should be be­tween the hy­draulic and storm wa­ter and drain depart­ment when any man­hole cover goes miss­ing to en­sure it is re­placed in time to avoid any un­to­ward in­ci­dent is fu­ture.

FOR­MA­TION OF TVC

Af­ter sev­eral years of de­lay the dead­lock over the hawkers pol­icy was re­solved by tak­ing some im­por­tant steps in 2017. The Bri­hanmum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (BMC) drew a lot­tery to se­lect eight rep­re­sen­ta­tives — from among 12 hawker unions — for its Town Vend­ing Com­mit­tee (TVC).

The for­ma­tion of the TVC had been pend­ing due to dis­agree­ments over in­clu­sion of hawkers as man­dated by the hawk­ing pol­icy. The se­lec­tion of hawkers’ rep­re­sen­ta­tives for the TVC has led to the first move to­wards re­solv­ing the is­sue. Be­sides eight rep­re­sen­ta­tives of hawkers, the 20mem­ber TVC is sup­posed to have 12 mem­bers drawn from NGOs, BMC of­fi­cials, and cit­i­zens. There­fore, they have been in­vited for same.

In 2014, the BMC re­ceived reg­is­tra­tion forms from 99,435 hawkers. The forms will be scru­ti­nised to short­list el­i­gi­ble ones and there­after those pitches which been al­lowed with res­i­dents ap­proval will be al­lowed for hawk­ing.

KALA GHODA ART GALLERY RESTARTS

In a bid to pro­mote pedes­tri­anonly streets as well as art in the city, the civic body along with Ma­ha­rash­tra Tourism De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (MTDC) rein­tro­duced the Kala Ghoda open art gallery ev­ery Sun­day from Novem­ber 19, 2017. The gallery re­mains open from 11am to 9pm only on Sun­days.

The site for the weekly ex­hi­bi­tion is a 250-me­tre stretch on Kaikashru Dubash Marg at Kala Ghoda, and will ac­com­mo­date 21 stalls. The area is cor­doned off for ve­hi­cles from Satur­day af­ter­noon to Sun­day night. Through this ini­tia­tive, the MTDC and the BMC in­tend to make use of these open spa­ces as a plat­form for pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion, which will also in­clude mu­sic and dance per­for­mances de­pict­ing folk, tra­di­tional and clas­si­cal art forms.

SLUM DE­MO­LI­TION AT TANSA PIPE­LINE

The Bri­hanmum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion ac­tively started the de­mo­li­tion of slums along the Tansa pipe­line af­ter the Bom­bay high court or­der. And not just de­mo­li­tion but also has planned to built city's first long­est cy­cle track which will have cy­cle stands and also cy­cle which be hired.

Ma­ha­rash­tra CM Deven­dra Fad­navis gave his con­sent to BMC pro­posal to build a 39-km-long cy­cling and jog­ging track be­tween sub­ur­ban Mu­lund and An­top Hill in Wadala. The work for this Rs. 300 crore project will be un­der­taken in phases and is ex­pected to be opened to the pub­lic by 2019. The first step of the project will be the re­moval of il­le­gal en­croach­ments along the pipe­line.

With 40 en­try-exit points, the track will con­nect 19 rail­way sta­tions, 7 Metro sta­tions, and 4 mono­rail sta­tions.

How­ever, the BMC cor­po­ra­tors from all par­ties strongly op­posed the de­mo­li­tion un­der­taken and rather de­manded proper re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. As BMC is pro­vid­ing houses at Mahul Vil­lage, Chem­bur which is also con­sid­ered as gas cham­ber with oil com­pa­nies re­finer­ies func­tion­ing over there are emit­ting toxic gas.

The cor­po­ra­tors have al­leged that its af­fect­ing the Project Af­fected Peo­ple(PAP) badly, also the place is not fit for hu­man be­ings to live in.

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