Bandra's pet peeve: Poop-scoopers wanted

Thursday, 5 December 2013 - 9:36am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

In order to avoid eyesore caused due to canine waste lying on the city’s footpaths, a Bandra-based advanced locality management (ALM) has written to the municipal chief, seeking to fix things in this regard.

The ALM, the Perry Road Residents’ Association, has demanded that the BMC make provisions to distribute poop-scoopers — that’s a rod with a handler at its end to hold onto something — to residents who own dogs. The poop-scooper can be used to pick up canine waste and to dump it in waste bins, meant only for collecting such refuse. Some of the poop-scoopers can also help wrap up the waste in plastic before being thrown into bins.

“Poop-scoopers are not easily available in India but they are available abroad. Hence, the BMC can import them for residents by inviting tenders. If need be, it can charge residents for importing charges. But this will help keep the roads and footpaths clean,” said Anil Joseph, chief of the ALM.

The ALM has also demanded that the civic body install bins to collect dog waste even as it plans to install litter bins in parts of the city. The civic body has declared that it will install 10,000 litter bins of 6.5 litre capacity across 5,000 locations in the city.

Earlier, a Congress corporator from Bandra, Asif Zakaria, too had demanded that the municipality provide dog bins mounted on poles in public places so that footpaths are kept clean. That demand, however, has fallen on deaf ears.

Civic chief Sitaram Kunte could not be reached for his comment. However, an official attached to the solid waste management department, said on condition of anonymity, that the demand will be looked into. “We are yet to receive any letter in this connection. But will give it a thought if such a suggestion is put up,” he added.

What is it all about
A poop-scopper is a rod with a handler at its end to hold onto something. The poop-scooper can be used by dog owners to pick up canine waste and to dump it in waste bins, meant only for collecting such refuse. Some of the poop-scoopers can also help wrap up the waste in plastic before being thrown into bins


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