BMC to appoint clean-up marshalls from Nov 15

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Mumbai, Nov 12 (UNI) The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has appointed 6,000 uniformed clean-up marshalls, on an honorary basis, to carry out cleanliness drive in the city from November 15.

Speaking to reporters here today, Additional Municipal Commissioner R A Rajiv said ''The marshalls will be positioned in specific places all over the city and will prevent the citizens from littering the city.'' The clean-up marshalls, belonging to five security agencies, will have their own still and video cameras along with vehicles for the job and will be available for all the 24 hours.

The BMC has given the uniformed marshalls the right to fine people who are found littering the city. The fine amount, ranging from Rs 100 for urinating to Rs 20,000 for debris dumping, will be shared by the security agencies and the corporation equally. The civic body will not pay anything to the agencies concerned and the audit will be done by an NGO free-of-cost, asserted the Additional Commissioner.

Speaking on lack of facilities and the reasons for the people littering the city, Mr Rajiv said the mindset of the people needs to be changed and the appointment of clean-up marshalls will do that.

He said that the agencies have been asked to be sensitive towards the poor and not to harass them.

Similarly, the corporation has started the clean 'aangan' scheme wherein people will be urged to keep their surroundings clean and the marshalls will ensure that it is implemented.

The Additional Municipal Commissioner admitted that there were less number of dustbins in the city and that the corporation will place 20,000 more in the city as more than 50 per cent of the 10,000 bins that had been placed previously were stolen.


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