Trash bin crunch hits cleanliness drive

Written By Unknown on Rabu, 05 November 2014 | 22.23

MUMBAI: The central government's Swachh Abhiyaan campaign may take a hit in Mumbai as the BMC is facing an acute shortage of community bins.

The BMC has hence decided to purchase 20,000 such green bins, fitted with wheels, at the cost of Rs 3.7 crore. These bins will be supplied over the year, as per requirement. The proposal has been tabled before the civic standing committee but it is yet to be cleared.

Two years ago, the BMC had ordered 20,000 two-wheeler community bins, which can hold 120 litre garbage, but most of them have been damaged and are out of use. The last contract expired in July. Conservancy staff in many wards too are facing the crunch.

"Yes, it is affecting the Swachh Abhiyaan drive," said Manoj Kotak (BJP), group leader in the BMC. Corporator Vinod Shelar (BJP) has used his fund to provide bins to societies in his ward (Malad).

Congress leaders too voiced their concerns. "Garbage is being dumped on roadsides due to the non-availability," said corporator Devendra Amberkar (Congress), who is the opposition leader in the BMC.

"While we purchase the bins, corporators should provide dustbins in societies using their funds," said Prakash Patil, deputy commissioner, who is incharge of solid waste management department.

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