Mumbai: BMC has concrete plans for footpaths, with a rider

Mumbai: At what was probably the last monthly review meeting conducted by the current municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta on Saturday, a decision was taken to concretise all footpaths in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)’s jurisdiction and reduce the daily garbage production in the city.

Concrete will henceforth be used for the restructuring of footpaths under the jurisdiction of the BMC, while marble-chip finishing will be provided for footpaths on 60-feet wide roads, and stencil concrete or cement concrete mix would be used for footpaths more than two metres wide on 70-feet wide roads. The latter would also have a marble chip or brooming texture finish. In addition, the monthly review committee also decided it would take strong action against those encroaching footpaths with stalls or structures.

“The corporation should have taken this step long ago. Paver blocks have caused a lot of damage and should be replaced as early as possible”, said Ravi Raja, Congress corporator and the leader of the opposition in the BMC. The committee also decided to further curtail garbage production in the city by 500 to 700 metric tonnes per day. In 2015, the garbage produced was around 9,500 metric tonnes daily, which has been reduced to 7,500 metric tonnes currently. In this regard, the civic chief has asked ward officials to submit their action plan for the year.

A decision was also taken on the disposal of coconut and sugarcane residue, which is one of the major sources of garbage. The committee decided henceforth, this would be carried away by the same trucks which brought the produce to the seller, and be disposed outside the jurisdiction of the BMC. The meeting was attended by Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta, Additional Municipal Commissioners I A Kundan, Vijay Singhal and A L Jarhad, and other concerned ward officials.

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