Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is planning to re-introduce a nuisance detectors team who will work along with clean-up marshals to keep the city clean. The team will take action against people who litter in public places by scrutinising markets and shops. Soon, the civic body will fill up vacant posts of the team.
In 2007, the BMC had appointed 373 marshals and authorised them to fine citizens who were caught spitting, urinating and littering in public places. However, the civic body noticed instead of curbing the problem, they were caught extorting money from citizens.
For now, there is a staff of around 8-10 persons across all 24 municipal wards. Many posts are lying vacant while some senior officials from the team have retired. Vishwas Shankarwar, Deputy Municipal Commissioner from the Solid Waste Management (SWM) department said that they will also sign up for clean-up marshals, besides hiring nuisance detectors.
Earlier, the BMC had decided to blacklist the clean-up marshal contractors. The same team of marshals have been reportedly accused of looting people, not issuing receipts for fine, abuse and assaulting Mumbaikars.
The civic body will now blacklist contractors if their clean-up marshals receive more than three complaints against them.
“Previously, the BMC was not able to take any cognitive action against clean-up marshals despite complaints as there were no set rules. However, when the number of complaints started increasing, we decided to bring in new rules in order to take action against the contractors,” said Shankarwar.
Mumbaikars can file their complaints against arrogant clean-up marshals to the designated office or can contact BMC helpline Nos – 108, 1916.
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