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Comments 1 - MSW Littering / Segregation Rules ---comments by Vinay

Proposed MSW Littering, Segregation, Storage, Delivery & Collection Rules 2005
posted in the Cleanliness Section in
Vinay's comments:
1. MCGM or MCBM?
2. Cl (1) Title: Should be 2006.
3. Cl  4(b): How can one ensure that others will not do it?
4. Cl 5 (1). fish / slaughter waste?
5. Cl 6. Rs. 1000 is too much for minor infringement. An entire schedule of penalties is needed depending on quantity of waste, and category of waste thrower. Also an escalation of penalties upon repeated infringement.
e.g. Each violation to be fined as follows:
    1. Individuals: Small amounts (Rs. 10 Rs. 50) as deterrent
    2. Non-trade: Small amounts (Rs. 250 Rs. 1000) as deterrent
    3. Trade: Increasing amounts (Rs. 500 upwards) till punitive.
    4. Specific violations: Large amounts as penalty / punitive
6. Cl 6. Schedule - I A. To be made as comprehensive as possible.
7. Cl 6 B 1 ii. ..... also commercial organisation.
8. Cl 6 B 2. What are 'recyclable bags'?
9. Cl 6 B 3. Why does non-recyclable waste to be stored only in 'recyclable bags'? 
10. Schedule V: Composting - a 'process' can not be a 'rule'. This entire section should be removed. Only the last para under "other methods of composting" is ok.
The following should be added:
(mostly from the Policy Framework Recommendations by the NGO Council)
11. MCGM to pay for savings of transport costs due to composting. MCGM to provide for purchase of compost. MCGM to reduce trade refuse charges for hotels and restaurants. All this will also help to pay for capital and operating costs incurred by the waste generator to treat waste. Else this is an indirect way of creating more fund availability for MCGM while increasing the financial burden on citizens.
12. Option of handling leaves, etc. differently than food should be mentioned. Education is required for this. Burning of leaves and other waste should be prohibited.
13. MCGM should also pick-up unsegregated waste at a cost (daily fine) for some more time. Else the laws will not work. No time is being given for people to become aware of how to compost, and to buy / build bio-bins. It will become a very ham-handed approach. MCGM will say to courts and environmentalists that we have done our job, but the citizens are not following it, what can we do. But the responsibility of  bringing out a law does not end with promulgating it. It has to be combined with education and awareness initiatives of different stakeholders, a phase-in period, infrastructural facilities, creating resource cells, incentives and disincentives, small fines escalating into punitive ones in due course, citizen organisation's involvement in monitoring and feedback, etc.
MCGM needs to move away from a mode of thinking which is to promulgate laws and either ensure compliance by force, or let the system fail. This also breeds lethargy and corruption. The need is to involve citizen groups to ensure citizen participation and to move to a mode of thinking where the implementation process is equally, if not more, important as the law itself. The means is as important as the end. So instead of trying to achieve the desired objective overnight and thus virtually guaranteeing frustration and failure, it should be achieved over a well-thought out period thereby assuring co-operation and success.
The objective is a 'Chakachak Mumbai'. The objective is not 'it's not MCGM's fault'.
14. Hawkers to have basket / gunny bag slung beneath to prevent littering.
15. Specific provision for temples to handle pooja offerings should be made.
16. Cow-dung to be bio-composted. MCGM to stop buying cow dung.
17. Nursing homes, doctor clinics, pathological labs should have to deposit their waste to nearby hospital or designated containers nearby.
18. Throwing anything into water bodies -- sea, lakes, rivers -- to be banned. This to include pooja items. Special exceptions during Ganesh Visarjan, etc. Special exceptions after certain religious rites ok. But throwing of daily pooja items to be stopped. Kalashes to be provided with an assurance that Pooja articles will be dealt with in an appopriate religious manner.
19. MCGM's responsibility of providing litter bins is a must. Without that to impose a fine on littering is incorrect and onerous. e.g. If someone is eating a banana while walking in a recreation area and no bins are there, where is the person supposed to deposit the banana peel?
20. 'Saaf Aangan' concept of "I Clean Mumbai" must be introduced explicitly via these Rules. Essentially that every housing society, shop, establishment to be responsible for keeping its area and surrounding footpath and drain / road gutter clean. ALMs to have the responsibility of ensuring compliance, and the authority to fine the offender and use the fine money for ALM activities. If ALMs fail, then both the ALM and the offender to be fined by MCGM.
21. An explicit role and responsibility of ALMs should be planned in these rules. It will strengthen the ALM concept, reduce workload on MCGM, and bring out greater compliance.
22. Sanitation is left out. Are people going to be penalised when there are insufficient toilets in the first place?
23. The "Cleanliness Task Force" concept should be institutionalised via these Rules i.e. Reports of such teams should be taken cognisance of in imposing penalties, etc.
24. Paan spitting, other spitting, urinating --- shouldn't there be minor fines for these e.g. Rs. 10. These could be collected by Resident Orgs / ALMs / Home Guards or some such mechanism and be kept by them to cover their overheads. Again, the objective is of a Clean Mumbai.
25. MCGM to provide support via special teams of their conservancy staff to help in cleanliness drives organised by citizen groups.
26. MCGM should also specify what will be done with the inorganic recyclable and inorganic non-recyclable wastes by them to inspire citizen support in making the program a success.
Please give your comments too at the earliest for discussing with MCGM.
If you are interested in participating in such meetings, please inform.
One such meeting is on Sat, Dec 10, at 11 am.
thanks and regards
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Dec 8, 2005

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