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Cong points finger at BMC admin for Mumbai`s `dirt

Last Updated: Monday, December 17, 2012 - 21:16

Mumbai: Expressing concern at a latest survey ranking Mumbai as the "dirtiest" city in the world, Congress on Monday blamed the "corrupt and poor" administration at the opposition-controlled Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation for the dubious tag.

The Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) also urged Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan to intervene and take stern measures to improve the "corrupt and inefficient" civic administration in the country`s financial capital.

In a letter to Chavan, MPCC spokesman Sachin Sawant said the survey of 40 cities across the world, which ranks Mumbai as the dirtiest city, was due to Shiv Sena-BJP`s "poor" administration.

"Both parties lack vision and urban planning and the civic body, which is the largest and richest in Asia, is a hotbed of corruption," the letter said.

In 2008, a survey by Forbes magazine had listed Mumbai as the seventh dirtiest city in the world while its sanitation index was 38.2.

In 2009-10, a survey carried out by the Union urban development department regarding sanitation in cities with above one lakh population placed Mumbai at the 45th position, he said.

"The civic body has not been able to meet the target of constructing toilets since 1997. The BMC has no planning for disposal of sewerage and solid waste. The zero garbage programme is also collapsed," Sawant said.

The MPCC has sought Chavan`s intervention to check further deterioration of basic amenities in the megapolis.

As per the survey conducted by travel portal `TripAdvisor`, Mumbai is the filthiest of the 40 popular tourist cities.

The rating was based on the responses of more than 75,000 people in terms of the city`s cleanliness, commuting, public transport, safety, taxi service, friendliness of locals, shopping and local currency`s value.

As per the survey, Mumbai hit the bottom in terms of cleanliness and ease in getting around the city.

Local government`s ineffective investment in infrastructure construction led to insufficiency and lacking public service facilities. Garbage therefore is often seen piling up in the city, according to survey.


First Published: Monday, December 17, 2012 - 21:16

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