You can now mon­i­tor city’s er­rant garbage col­lec­tors

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Ku­nal Puro­hit ku­nal.puro­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: If you find that the con­trac­tor re­spon­si­ble for col­lect­ing waste from your lo­cal­ity is tak­ing you for a ride, you can soon do some­thing about it.

Star­tled by the rev­e­la­tions of a pi­lot study that showed how firms ap­pointed for waste-col­lec­tion are cut­ting cor­ners and wast­ing the tax­pay­ers’ money ( see box), the civic body has de­cided to in­volve the city’s ac­tive cit­i­zenry to keep tabs on th­ese con­trac­tors. HT had re­ported about the study on Fri­day.

The BMC is now speak­ing to cit­i­zen groups and ad­vanced lo­cal­ity man­age­ments (ALMs); en­cour­ag­ing them to form so­cial au­dit teams to check the way in which waste is be­ing col­lected in their lo­cal­i­ties.

“We will do ev­ery­thing to em­power ci­ti­zens and make it eas­ier for them to keep an eye on con­trac­tors,” said Prakash Patil, deputy mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner, solid waste man­age­ment. The BMC is also plan­ning to in­stall a new soft­ware to en­sure that ci­ti­zens can promptly re­ports their find­ings to of­fi­cials con­cerned.

RE­LATED REPORT, P3

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