As Mumbai limped back to normalcy after heavy rains huge garbage has been piled up across the city. Since garbage has not been cleared since last three days foul smell is emanating from streets there by causing huge hardships to citizens. Dogs, rats and mosquitoes are visible over the trash. It is really unhygienic to live in such surroundings. Meanwhile, leaders from the Shiv Sena and BJP are busy indulging in blame game. No one wants to any take any responsibility. They think its natural calamity that has caused the problem, but none of them are yet to understand that the drainage issues are a threat to city.
When AV spoke to Atul Rao, BMC Assistant Commissioner, (R central ward) he said, “After the conclusion of monsoon we had worked day and night. People are disposing garbage on the roads. We are also planning for Ganpati visarjan. We will take initiative to clean up the garbage as soon as possible.”
It is estimated that every resident in the metropolis now generates about 630 grams of waste daily, a figure that is expected to touch 1 kg in the coming years. Land-starved that the city is, this leaves its planners with an extremely difficult choice.
Sunil Dashputre and Anita Dashputre are physically challenged residents of Shree Krishna Nagar. Due to heavy rains their house got flooded thereby damaging their car and bike. When they sought assistance from BMC the civic body turned a blind eye towards it. Around 300 bungalows out of which 50 bungalows were flooded as people had to incur severe losses. The civic body has failed to maintain cleanliness in the area hence people are facing severe hardships.
Sunil Dashputre a social worker from Borivali said,”The civic body officials are not discharging their duties amicably therefore huge garbage is piling up. As a result of this we have to suffer. Even today garbage lies unattended in several areas of the city. The civic body had failed to alert about the possibility of floods to citizens therefore they had to undergo hardships.”
Kamlesh Yadav, BJP corporator, R/S ward president said, “Due to severe rains people have to undergo several losses. May animals too die. However we are trying our level best to clean up. Many waste matters has come out of the river hence garbage has accumulated.”
Sheetal Mhatre Shiv Sena corporator, R Central ward president said, ”Due to heavy rains garbage is coming out of the river at national park. Even huge garbage is piling up on roads and we are planning to clean up those too. I am personally overseeing the work done in my ward. We are busy with the visarjan of Ganpati.”
RTI activist Anil Galgai said, “The ward officers have failed to discharge their duties amicably. Since garbage has not been picked up people are facing huge inconvenience. Garbage lies unattended at Kurla too. Therefore people are worried about their health and may fall ill.”