City anchor: Wield stick to keep city clean, get rewarded: BMC to police

In a bid to strengthen efforts to keep the city clean, BMC will declare an annual cash reward of Rs 1 lakh for a police station and Rs 25,000 beat chowkie that are the most active in detering people from spitting, littering, urinating on roads and defacing public property.

"We have proposed incentives for police to help us ensure a cleaner city. We will approach the chief of police to discuss the plan. Police have the power to penalise errant citizens," said Prakash Patil, deputy municipal commissioner (solid waste management).

Introducing the new scheme under 'Swacha Mumbai Prabodhan Abhiyan', which aims to overhaul the solid waste management system in the city, civic administration has urged police to keep a vigil on errant citizens.

The Bombay Police Act gives police officials the power to design a clean-up plan. Section 115 gives the local police the power to book people for committing nuisance in or near streets and section 102 allows them to take action on those causing any obstruction in a street.

Mumbai Police recently instructed its officers to take the onus of evicting illegal hawkers across the city on themselves, and to initiate crackdowns irrespective of whether civic officials approach them.

The civic administration will also begin a ranking system for organisations collecting garbage. It will launch a website displaying real-time information on garbage collected from each area, stating cleanest as well as the dirtiest roads, said a civic official.

The scheme also seeks to introduce competition amongst the NGOs and Community Development Officers (CBOs) for proper collection of garbage and maintaining the cleanest streets by rating them. "This will ensure more efficiency," said Patil.

BMC has also sought help from corporates to lend support in solid waste managment drive through corporate social responsibility. "We have approached RCF (Rashtriya Chemical Fertilizer) to help us keep the area cleaner through their CSR initiative," said Rahul Shewale, standing committee chairman and Shiv Sena corporator.

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