On September 1, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde demanded decisive action against those neglecting Mumbai's cleanliness. He directed Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) chief Iqbal Singh Chahal to ensure cleanliness of the city, stressing on the importance of cleanliness not only on the main roads but also in all the lanes.
Despite these strict instructions and BMC's claims of action, efforts to remove garbage from various places have failed to satisfy the public. Mumbai residents believe that BMC's responses are inadequate and garbage is accumulating.
The statement from the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) stressed that no negligence will be tolerated in maintaining cleanliness across the city and urged the BMC's sanitation department to take the matter seriously.
In areas like Bandra and Khar, residents have their own cleaning crews and garbage collectors, but garbage can still be seen in the streets and corners. Local people complain about accumulation of garbage, occasional cleaning by officials and then accumulation of garbage. Local residents consider BMC's cleaning efforts slow.
Residents acknowledge that some neighbors are responsible for illegal dumping, while some hire contractors who neglect proper disposal. Societies often do not pay for the removal of green waste, only wet waste is collected by sanitation workers.
In Sakinaka, residents often express concerns about garbage accumulation and question why the BMC cannot improve garbage collection from slum areas.
In contrast, Versova residents, who complained of overflowing dustbins two months ago, are now reporting relief. Although not all areas may be completely clean, the situation has improved, with BMC officials making arrangements to prevent traffic disruption due to piles of garbage.