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BMC to spend Rs 2 crore to create awareness on Cleanliness Survey 2019

Awareness drive for citizens includes street plays, wall paintings

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BMC to spend Rs 2 crore to create awareness on Cleanliness Survey 2019
Bollywood actress Dia Mirza is part of the cleanliness awareness campaign
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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is set to spend around Rs 2 crore on creating awareness about Cleanliness Survey 2019. It will hold street plays, wall painting drives and involve the common public especially, students in its initiatives. All this will be done in one month's time.

The central team of Cleanliness Survey will visit the city in January and the civic body is trying its best to make the city look cleaner.

Since involvement of citizens is a key aspect of the survey, according to an official from the Solid Waste Management (SWM) department of the BMC, a budget of nearly Rs 2 crore has been allocated to reach out to as many people as possible. "The money will be spent on wall paintings, organising street plays, pasting stickers on vehicles, buying bins and involving famous personalities," the official said.

The official added that each ward is expected to spend an amount between Rs 6 to Rs 10 lakh on the Cleanliness Survey.

Bollywood actress Dia Mirza has been associated with the cleanliness awareness campaign for quite some time. "We held street plays in Andheri (east) and also painted a few walls in Bnadra," the official said. He added that a rally was taken out at Dadar and civic school students participated in it.

Subhash Dalvi, chief nodal officer, Swachh Mumbai Prabodhan Abhiyan, said that the Cleanliness Survey requires everybody's participation. He added that citizens can also partake by registering their complaints regarding any waste-related issue. "They can register their complaints on the 'Swachhata-MoUD'–app. Complaints can be over unclean toilets or poor lifting of garbage. Their problems will be solved within 12 hours," Dalvi said.

Dalvi said that the cleanliness drive should be an ongoing process. "We should not participate to only improve the ranking. We should work in a way so that the city actually becomes clean," Dalvi added.

However, many residents raise questions over spending such a big amount in a month's time. "It will be good if the civic body maintains cleanliness throughout the year and not just for a month for the survey," Praveen Shah, a resident of Ghatkopar, said.

AT ODDS

  • Many residents raise questions over spending such a big amount in a month’s time 
     
  • A Ghatkopar local said that the civic body should try to keep the city clean throughout the year 
     
  • However, authorities say common public needs to particiapte
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