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BMC to appoint ‘Swachhta Doots’ in B Ward

Friday, May 19, 2017
By Steffy Thevar

Being the only ward with no cleaning marshals, the BMC officials to finally appoint 'Swachhta Doots'

Considered to be one of the most 'sensitive' wards in the city, B ward which covers areas like Dongri and Masjid Bundar which were famous for goons and underworld dons, has been facing a severe problem of recruiting clean up marshals. However, without losing hope on keeping his ward clean, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) B ward Assistant Commissioner has come up with the idea of recruiting his own clean up marshals and calling them 'Swachhta Doots'. These workers will get customised T-shirts declaring their powers to impose fines and keep a check on those polluting the city.

The philosophy of appointing such special officers on duty is like appointing traffic police officers. While elaborating on the same, the Assistant Commissioner Uday Shirurkar said, “Just like traffic police officers who stand at the junctions wearing uniforms and deter people from breaking the law, we will wear specialised T-shirts declaring that we are 'Swachhta Doots' and we have powers to impose fines and warn people who litter in the city.”

Shirurkar added that there are about a total of 30-40 men from the Solid Waste Management Department and the Maintenance Department who would wear these T-shirts which will be printed for the World Environment Day (June 5) but, this time in addition to the environment logos we will have 'Swachhta Doot' written on the T-Shirts, a Swachh Bharat Logo and a Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) logo. This will make these officials stand out from the crowd alerting defaulters before they litter the place.

He added, “We will first conduct awareness campaigns all across the ward to alert people that the 'Swachhta Doots' have been appointed and from June 6 we will start functioning in full fledged swing.”

Despite the fact that clean up marshals are functioning across the city, B ward remains the only ward which has no marshals due to the fear of goons and dons which stills exists. During the BMC elections which were conducted in February, eleven polling booths were declared as 'Sensitive' by the Election Commission. “Although the situation is quite calm right now, there is a fear in the people who would work as marshals. We have seized the deposit of the NGOs who were supposed to outsource marshals but despite that no one agrees to work here and so we have taken up this job in our hands. I believe that this will be a successful experiment.”

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