The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) plans to set up a control room for real-time tracking of waste collection vehicles so that they can be monitored closely, and to crack down on contractors who are found to be slacking. Though the BMC’s waste collection vehicles have tracking devices installed in them, there is currently no dedicated room to keep a check on them. Its solid waste management department will set up a command and control room with a video wall in the department’s Grant Road office.
Also, all 1,350 garbage collecting compactors will have attached loudspeakers that will play a ‘Swachh Bharat’ theme song and messages to create awareness about waste processing and segregation. Meanwhile, residents and activists claim that the BMC does not bother to check waste segregation when loading garbage onto collection vehicles. BMC, however, blames residents for not segregating dry and wet waste despite the civic body offering tax rebate and prosecuting those flouting rules.
Ashok Khaire, Joint municipal commissioner (solid waste management) said, “Despite many requests, campaigns and meetings with citizens and residents associations, we still struggle to get segregated waste from a lot of localities. Societies face a challenge as some of their members are cooperative and others are not. Therefore last year we decided to give authority to societies to identify those not doing it and act accordingly.”
He added, “BMC offers a rebate on property tax to societies that segregate their garbage and process wet waste on the premises BMC also prosecutes those flouting these rules. However neither incentive nor prosecution has been helping from us.”
From 2018 to January 2020, BMC has prosecuted a total of 1325 bulk generators (establishments /housing societies that are spread across an area of more than 20,000 square meters or those producing more than 100kg wet waste every day) under the Mumbai Municipal Corporation (MMC) and Maharashtra Regional and Town Planning (MRTP) Acts. There are total of 3,363 bulk generators identified by the BMC.