The 200-plus students and staff of Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS) can now breathe in fresh air. The garbage, scraps and debris that were dumped in the Mantralaya's backyard, which the institute shares its boundaries with, were finally cleared out on Thursday.
The garbage, that used to be dumped behind the structure, used to give off a really strong odour and JBIMS was forced to keep its windows shut. Despite that, its students and professors could not avoid the stink.
On Thursday, the small bins, which were overflowing with trash, were replaced by big ones and garbage is now being cleared regularly. “We couldn’t believe it when we saw people cleaning the backyard,” a final year MMS student said. The institute was able to open its windows on Friday.
On October 30, DNA had reported on the lack of coordination among the Public Works Department (PWD), Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and the private housekeeping agency, Bharat Vikas Group (BVG), which had caused the garbage to pile up. A month back, DNA had also reported for the first time what JBIMS was being forced to face.
The PWD had then promised it would soon clear the mess, but took no action.
BVG was appointed by the PWD (which looks after keeping Mantralaya clean) couple of years back to share the work. While the PWD still cleans the cabins of the ministers and IAS officers, BVG had been assigned the compound, staircases and corridors of the six-floor state headquarters. Both agencies dumped the trash in the backyard, after which neither kept tabs on whether the BMC was regular in collecting the garbage or not.
Sources at Mantralaya said that the BMC cleared the trash only once a day instead of thrice and sometimes only once in two to three days, which was insufficient for such a building with 5,000 people coming in and out of it every day.
PWD principal secretary Shyamal Kumar Mukherjee said, “We have removed the trash. The BMC will be regular from now on.”