Mumbai: On February 4, Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta presented the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) fiscal budget for the year 2019-20. Over ₹30,000 crores (₹30,692.59) has been allocated to provide better infrastructure and service facilities to the citizens of Mumbai. The budget, which has an increased allocation of 12.6 per cent over last year’s budget, focusses on improving existing and future sanitation facilities in the city, as well as on other aspects of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
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Here Are Four Major Highlights Of The BMC’s Budget And Its Swachh Agenda:
- Mumbai was declared Open Defecation Free (ODF) in July 2017 but still cases of open defecation continue, especially in slum areas. To eliminate open defecation and provide enough toilets in the city, the BMC has allocated ₹104.47 crore in the Budget. It has been divided into two parts. The first part will be allocated for construction of toilets in slum areas.
The second of the allocated amount will used to supply proper water and electricity in BMC toilets as the Budget acknowledged the poor condition of the public toilets, constructed and maintained by the BMC.
- As citizens including beach warriors Afroz Shah and Chinu Kwatra in Mumbai have already committed themselves to clean the water bodies, the BMC has pulled up its socks by proposing ₹825.05 for beautification, rejuvenation and managing the sewage problem faced by rivers like Mithi, Dahisar, Poisar and Oshiwara.
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- Mumbai with a population of 1.84 crore generates approximately 8,000 tonnes of waste daily. With city’s landfills (Deonar and Kanjurmarg) overflowing, the civic body has proposed ₹100 crore to develop waste-to-energy (WTE) Plant at Deonar landfill with a capacity of 600 TPD (Tonnes Per Day) plant.
- Finally, to improve the clean air and green cover of Mumbai, ₹277.29 crores have been given to the garden department to provide maximum open spaces to citizens and maintain the existing greenery.
NDTV – Dettol Banega Swachh India campaign lends support to the Government of India’s Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM). Helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan, the campaign aims to spread awareness about hygiene and sanitation, the importance of building toilets and making India open defecation free (ODF) by October 2019, a target set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when he launched Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in 2014. Over the years, the campaign has widened its scope to cover issues like air pollution, waste management, plastic ban, manual scavenging and menstrual hygiene. The campaign has also focused extensively on marine pollution, clean Ganga Project and rejuvenation of Yamuna, two of India’s major river bodies.
Swachh Warrior: 16-Year-Old Tamil Nadu Girl, The Sole Breadwinner Of Her Family, Helps Build Toilets In Her Village
Jayalakshmi, a 16-year-old girl who studies in Class 12 and sells cashews to support her family, has motivated fellow villagers to give up open defecation and has managed to bring toilets to each household of her village in Pudukottai district of Tamil Nadu