The iconic headquarters of the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) — also known as the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, which allows it to retain the acronym BMC from when Mumbai was Bombay — oozes British-era charm. It is majestic, with wide stairways and sloping ceilings adding to its mystique. However, for the man at the helm, municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta, life is hardly charming or mystical. A large part of his duties is about dirt, grime and cleaning up — the city as well as the corporation. The richest municipal corporation in India, MCGM’s budget — in excess of Rs 37,000 crore — is more than what India’s largest integrated power company Tata Power spends in a year (consolidated expenses for 2015-16 at Rs 35,540 crore). But with half of Mumbai’s 2 crore population living in slums, cleaning the 434 sq km of Mumbai is tough.
The garbage adds up to 9,000 tonnes per day, and there are 117 open defecation spots across the city.....................Read more
Source: The Economic Times