The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Thursday decided to scrap appointment of clean-up marshals. The decision was taken in the wake of repeated complaints from corporators about alleged fleecing by clean-up marshals.
The decision was taken after a meeting attended by standing committee chairman Rahul Shewale, chiefs of civic ward committees and civic officials, including municipal commissioner Sitaram Kunte.
The BMC had appointed 30 clean-up marshals in each of its electoral wards. These personnel were authorised to charge those littering in a range of Rs100 to Rs10,000 per offence as per Greater Mumbai sanitation by-laws of 2006.
“We have decided to bring certain changes in the Swachha Mumbai Prabodhan Abhiyan. We are scrapping appointments of clean-up marshals. Now, junior officers (JOs) attached to ward offices will be given powers to charge those spread filth in public places,” Shewale said.
Besides, the BMC will now reinstate nuisance detectors too. “We will appoint them in proportion with populace of a ward,” he added.
Meanwhile, Shewale said MSRDC and PWD have been asked to attend potholes on their roads within next two days.