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Often garbage collectors fill the garbage collection vehicle with loads of waste and it falls on the roads which may cause health problems to citizens.

GarbageThe Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) might be aiming to make Mumbai a garbage free city but the manner in which waste is being picked up by garbage collectors raises questions about whether the civic body will achieve this objective. Often it has been observed that garbage collectors collect waste from the housing societies in an unhygienic manner. They fill the garbage collection vehicle with loads of waste and often it falls on the roads which may cause health problems to citizens. The foul smell emanating from the garbage van creates huge inconvenience to motorists who follow the vehicle.

Dr Deepak Chaturvedi said, “The senior BMC officials should intervene in this matter. They should ask the garbage collectors to properly dispose the waste and ensure that it doesn’t fall on roads. They should refrain from overloading the vehicle with too much waste.”

Abhay Deshmukh, a Kandivali resident said, “The garbage collectors don’t follow any hygiene norms while collecting waste. Citizens should also segregate dry waste from wet waste. However when the garbage collection vehicle arrive the workers often mixes both the waste and dumps it in the same vehicle. The BMC too should start and awareness campaign appealing people to segregate dry and wet waste.”

Of the 1,27,486 tonnes of waste generated daily in India in 2011-12, Mumbai alone accounted for 6.11 per cent. It is estimated that every resident in the metropolis generates about 630 grams of waste daily, a figure that is expected to touch 1 kg in the coming years.

Uday Singh, a Borivali resident said, “Actually it’s the responsibility of both BMC and citizens to make the city free of garbage. Citizens too should not litter on roads. The civic body should appoint an official to monitor the garbage collection work and take action against the erring waste collectors.”

Questions have been repeatedly raised over the quality of service provided by the contractors in collection and transportation of waste. Critics say while the BMC has an elaborate system in place for collection and transportation of waste, there are no real-time checks in place to see if the appointed contractors are following specifications. In a major health hazard, conservancy workers involved in collection, transportation and disposal continue to work without wearing the prescribed rubber gloves, face masks, reflector jackets and safety shoes.

At present, the BMC uses a logbook to track solid-waste management. The book contains details like the number of rounds made by a collection truck and its timings. However, the corporation has realised that the manual entry system is easily prone to manipulation.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had allocated Rs 8,839.5 crore for solid waste management in the last five years, of which Rs 683.56 crore was used for development work and at least over Rs 5,000 crore for sewage disposal. Despite this, the city ranked 140th in the country on the Swachh Bharat survey of clean cities.

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