In a relaunching of the long discontinued clean-up campaign, Mumbai civic body, BMC, has warned the pet owners to beware of their pet pooping at public places in South Mumbai. Yes, you heard us right. If you are a resident of BMC’s D ward which includes Malabar Hill, Peddar Road, Nepean Sea Road and August Kranti Road then this news is for you. After receiving numerous complaints from the locals about pet pooping at pavements, promenade, roads and open spaces, BMC has rolled up their sleeves to take on the culprits.
The civic body’s Assistant Commissioner of D ward, Vishwas Mote, said, “We (again) received several complaints about dog poop on roads, pavements and open spaces,” and hence, the civic body has decided to relaunch the 2007 campaign where the pet owners will have to clean the pet’s poop or pay the fine of Rs. 500 to the civic body. BMC has deployed 32 Clean up Marshals to monitor and penalize the culprits in the cases. “We have instructed the Clean up Marshals to penalize those who do not clean up after their pet poops,” said Mote, TOI reported. The effect of the drive has been seen as 16 of the errant pet owners have been penalised by the civic body so far in South Mumbai.
BMC has not just planned to penalize the culprits but also teach them about how to clean up their pet’s poops. “Poop scoops are easily available in the market. These can be used to ensure that their pets do not dirty the streets,” said a BMC official, TOI reported. To recall, a similar drive had first started in 2007 when the civic body started the drive to penalize the irresponsible pet owners who do not keep cleanliness in mind and let their pets litter the public places. The drive later got discontinued but again started in October 2016 but this time at Marine Drive. Several Clean up Marshals were deployed at surveillance along the 3.5km promenade at Marine drive and penalize the errant pet owners.
We hope that pet owners understand the real cause of such drive and step forward in keeping Mumbai clean. Rs. 500 is still, we think, is less amount for penalising the repeaters of such acts. Citizens must understand their responsibilities towards ‘Swachh’ surrounding for a healthy living. We hope BMC implements this formula, book the offenders and penalize them.