Diamond Garden Resident’s Forum
Contact Person: Mr. Rajkumar Sharma, Chief Coordinator of the
Address: 2nd Floor, Suswagtam Bldg. No. 1
Diamond Garden , Chembur
Ward: M West
Concerned BMC officials: Mr. Chore
The ALM had been formed in the year 1998. It
covers fifteen buildings (including bungalows). The ALM collects
a monthly sum of Rs. 30/- from each resident family in the area
and Rs. 100/- from each bungalow and shop covered by the ALM. All
the costs and expenditure incurred by the ALM are met from this
Initially the federation of ALMs had regular
meetings with the BMC officials, where representative from each
ALM would be present. Problems and issues would be discussed and
future course of action be laid down in such meetings. Now, the
meetings do not take place frequently as well as regularly.
of the waste at its source and composting of the wet waste.
The ALM has been able to construct two large
pits for composting of the wet waste generated by the resident households.
All the buildings in the area use the pits. Most of the households
segregate the waste into dry and wet. The sweeper employed by the
ALM segregates waste generated by families that do not practice
this habit. The sweeper dumps all the wet waste into one of the
pits on a daily basis and rag pickers take all the dry garbage.
A lady (one of the rag pickers associated with Stree Mukti Sanghatana)
has been employed by the ALM to turn and churn the waste daily.
A liquid solution of BTM (easily available in the market) also needs
to be added to the waste for its early decomposition. The manure
thus prepared (within 15-20 days) from the decomposition of the
waste is used for the plants and trees in the locality itself.
Health camps for the resident families, like- a camp for checking
Hepatitis-B virus had been organized by the ALM recently.
coordinator of the ALM initiated the formation of a Federation
of ALMs. It was named as ALMNAC and all the ALMs coming under
the particular ward became a part of it. It was started in order
to promote coordinated and combined efforts of ALMs and work as
a pressure group in order to get things done from the government.
ALM has its own equipment required for carrying out the cleanliness
activities, like- big buckets/bins, wheel burrow, broom etc.
ALM had evolved a concept of ‘shramdaan’ (free labour).
The ALM took up a drive (in its initial years)
to clean up the drains and roads in their area. Due to lack of required
funds and cooperation from the government, the residents of the
area took up brooms and other cleaning equipments in their hands
and devoted one-day labour towards cleaning and beautifying of their
area. They first cleaned the drains (to the extent possible) and
then planted small plants near the roadside.
interaction and gatherings at various festivals and occasions
(New Year Party, competition for the children, facilitation of
all the students etc.) among the resident families help in securing
participation from them. Regular get-together parties ensure a
cohesive and harmonious environment in the locality, which breeds
the feelings of mutual help and cooperation.
of cooperation and support from the BMC officials. Meetings with
BMC officials do not take place. Efforts of ALM members get wasted
due to improper follow up by concerned government officials. This
in turn reduces the morale and motivation level of the residents.
ALM faces problems working with the slum communities covered under
their area. The slum dwellers do not cooperate and support the
cleanliness initiatives taken by the ALM members.
regard to accomplishment of the goal ‘Zero Garbage Area’, the
corporation has removed most of the dustbins from the area without
even sensitizing the general public about it. Lack of bins, instead
adds to the problem of garbage littering.
of ALMs should be institutionalized. The office bearers of the
ALM should be issued identity cards by the BMC. Such an authority
might help the members in dealing with hawkers, nuisance makers,
shop owners etc.
should work in close coordination with Dattak vastis (counterpart
of ALMs for slum area) and CBOs (Community Based Organizations)
for effective functioning.
government or NGOs should provide some incentives or support mechanism
to ALMs. For example- rag pickers of an NGO called FORCE collect
dry waste from various housing societies free of cost, whereas
other rag pickers have to be paid for the same job.
Impression about the ALM
It appeared that the ALM had taken up lots of
initiatives to keep their surroundings clean. There was lot of participation
from residents of the housing society but they lacked commitment
and dedication in their efforts. So, the whole responsibility in
the end was laid on the coordinator of the ALM.
Snigdha Jain, TISS Student, interning with www.karmayog.org