Saturday, December 05, 2009

Clean-up contractor dropped for poor show

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has cancelled the contract of an agency allowed to employ clean-up marshals after Right Information (RTI) replies revealed it had done poorly in the collection of fines. The BMC has now also decided to conduct monthly audits of the performances of the agencies hiring clean-up marshals for the city. The BMC solid waste management department had come up with the idea of contracting independent agencies to deploy clean-up marshals across the city to monitor public cleanliness. The marshals were given the authority to fine people for various offences, including spitting, urinating or littering in public. In January 2008, five private agencies were selected for clean-up contracts. TOI reported on September 22 that RTI replies showed that, as of July 31, 2009, they had collected fines totalling Rs 5.94 crore. Around 65% of the fines were for urinating in public. "The amount collected in 18 months must be a drop in the ocean as people still break laws with impunity,'' said RTI activist Milind Mulay.
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