Mumbai: People should learn not to dispose
garbage in public places and avoid littering on the streets
and in gardens, the Bombay High Court said on Wednesday while hearing
a PIL seeking restoration of the clean-up marshals by the
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.
Clean-up marshals keep watch at important landmarks and
fine people on the spot if caught spitting or littering.
The division bench of Justices Ranjana Desai and R V More
was hearing PIL filed by NGO All India Human Rights
Association, challenging the civic body`s decision to abruptly
discontinue the scheme on December 31, 2010.
However, the BMC counsel informed the Court that the
system had been resumed and it deployed 656 clean-up marshals
afresh in the city this month. The corporation has awarded the
contract in this regard to a private agency which will expire
in June 2012.
Appreciating the effort put in by the corporation,
Justice Desai said, "Awareness must begin from the citizens
also. People just litter everywhere and walk away. You see our
(HC) corridors and premises. Sweepers clean it every morning
but see the condition by evening."
While disposing of the PIL, the Court suggested that
local corporators may take up the responsibility of keeping
their wards clean.