Today I read an article in Mumbai Mirror "BMC to spy on City from Air" to
tackle twin problems of encroachments and illegal structures.
I am not sure if it will make much impact on these 2 points. I stay in
Kandivali E which I can safely say is the 2nd biggest slum (after Dharavi).
Each & every small lane in the slum has a slum lord and the newcomers are
provided with accomodation by them ONLY as they own all the houses
constructed there. BMC always has the information about such new extension
but turns a blind eye to it as not ONE particular person in BMC is
responsible about such an extension. Only if we can put such
responsibilities on one particular person for an area and stringent
punishment is given to such people including losing their job, then only we
will be effectively able to curb these encroachments.
I presume that the new constructions going on every where in the city could
not be started without BMC's approval then how do illegal constructions come
up? Any person collecting garbage from an area will know any new
construction happening in the area and can be used to find out about such
activities every where, every traffic police will know the same.
of COMPLETE CORRUPTION. Rampant corruption from bottom to top is eating away
all our system. It can be dealt with only by complete computerisation,
bringing in 100% transperancy and identifying specific responsibility for
each post and taking action against the people from top to bottom for their
inaction. If Kandivali is dirty, drains are clogged, garbage is scattered,
roads have holes, no footpaths, hawkers, auto, bus and trucks making any
place their parking space, WHO is responsible? We have to take all the
concerned officers to task. They are not helpless. They can slap any amount
of fine on guilty parties be it society, individual, shop or whatever. The
officer has to supervise the work. They have to take the report after
completion of work. They have to do random inspection. Then only, they will
Let us start with the observation column. This column will have the names of
as many lanes as possible under each ward. Any person can send one's problem
or observation to Concerned Ward officer + copy to Mr. Ratho through this
column. After a week also if the problem persists, it will be reported
again. Ward officer has to give in writing why is he /she unable to solve
that problem. Local ALM in a meeting with Corporator, elected representative
and ward officer will decide how ALM or any of these parties can help in
solving the problem. These meetings should be monthly and must be attended
by all the above and the minutes should be available in the internet.
These ward officers daily schedule should also be available in the net for
the public to find out how is he/she passing the time.
Lastly, will some one let me know who gives the permission for opening the
bars? As in a small stretch of 100 metres of Akurli Road, 6 bars have come
up in 3 years. BMC must have a strong and effective complaint cell on the