I do not fall among the category of millions of people that travel through the Mumbai local on a daily basis.So when I do I make sure I look around and observe people and my surroundings. It’s not that I’m not time bound to get somewhere or I’m travelling for leisure, I travel for work and to work. On one such travel from the suburbs to the high end south Bombay, I witnessed a scene that made me don the Malishka avatar for a few moments. For all of you who are wondering who is Malishka, well she is the famous RJ at Red Fm who time and again has questioned the relationship between BMC and the forever increasing potholes in Mumbai.
I was at Dadar and was walking to get a cab toward Elphinstone, hence had to walk towards the end of the bridge. We all have seen the famous garbage bin near the bridge and it the BMC workers decided to clear off the garbage at around 2pm. I am aware that they have multiple time slots to clear the dump but isn’t 2 pm and around 2 pm lunch time for everyone .
So here are few things I expected them to have, to clear of the huge amount of garbage that was spread out.
Gloves – Obviously they are not expected to carry hand sanitizers to sanitize their hands after clearing the trash but isn’t being provided with rubber gloves their basic requirement. There were four of them but none of them had any gloves to wear.
Scooper or Broom – Generally at home we use a dustpan and a broom to pick up garbage but these guys had nothing. Among the pile of trash they found a jute mat ( chatai) and they used that to pick the garbage and put it in the scooper of the dumper.There were four of them,two each at opposite sides of the mat and were filling the garbage in the mat and putting it in the scooper. This lasted for more than 30 minutes.
Masks – The odour from the garbage is something we all despise, so when they are dealing with the garbage all through the day, shouldn’t they be using one to safeguard them from inhaling the odor and germs.
GumBoots – Considering its the monsoon season and they are expected to clear filth multiple times a day,wearing gumboots is basic hygiene necessity. Come monsoons and it brings with it an array of diseases, hence wearing chappals isn’t really the best thing for your feet.
Dear BMC, with the thirty seven crore annual budget and being the richest municipal body in the country,”तू खरोखरच काही करत आहेस”
We know that you provide and instruct people to follow your norms but shouldn’t there be a way to check everyone is adhering to it.
Thanks to BMC we have roads full of potholes and sanitation is also sometimes an issue. Water supply varies depending on where I stay. The cleanliness of the beaches and parks is improving but we lack consistency.
Dear BMC officials, the people working for you are also humans, can you please take care of their well being too. Basic amenities should be provided to them. They are the ones working for you and for all of us. Swachh Mumbai, Swachh Bharat will happen when they are swachh and healthy.