Pestom Sagar Citizens Forum ALM
Contact Person: Dr. Sangole, Street Coordinator of the ALM
Address: A 1, New Natraj Aptts.
Pestom Sagar Road No.
Ward: M West
Concerned BMC officials: Mr. Chandrashekhar Chaurey
The ALM had been formed in the year 1999. It
covers 75 buildings and a few slum communities. Initially, there used
to be monthly ward meetings but now meetings take place fortnightly
only among the coordinators and a few members of the ALM.
and beautified open spaces by planting trees under the BMC scheme
in infiltration by hawkers.
work related to drainage system and cleaning of gutters.
of waste at its source and composting of the wet waste generated
by the households in the area.
The ALM had adopted a unique way to carry out
its composting activity. Compost pits had been built in all the
resident societies as well as in the parks. There were three parks in
the area. In each of them, compost pits had been built at the
periphery of the parks (almost 700 feet long and two and a half feet
deep). Even the storm
water drains were utilized for composting of waste during the
non-rainy season (almost six months in a year). Almost half of the
total number of resident households segregated their waste into dry
and wet waste. The rest of the waste was segregated by the sweepers.
The manure made out of the composting activity was utilized for
internal usage only.
ALM has six coordinators each responsible for one of the six
roads. This way, work and responsibilities get shared equally and
burden of work does not lie with a single person.
ALM has its own office, which is also used for holding its
meetings. It also has its own cleaning material and equipment
(including mosquito repellant sprayer). The ALM has also employed
private sweepers for each road. These sweepers work towards
keeping the area clean and garbage free. They take up their work
once the work of sweepers employed by corporation gets over. The
ALM has employed a gardener, who looks after the gardens and also
devotes time and effort towards composting activity.
work in coordination with ‘Dattak Vastis’ i.e. with
representatives from the slum communities.
start free computer classes (five computer systems had been
donated by British Telecom to the ALM) for the children of the
nearby slum community.
of cooperation and support from the government. The junior
engineers and other government officials, with whom the ALM
members are supposed to meet and discus their area problems do not
have possess enough decision-making powers. Due to this, meetings
did not bring any results and soon they were scrapped.
the ALM is able to manage its affairs with its internally
generated funds, but at times it had to restrict itself from
getting into new initiatives.
from the shopkeepers in the vicinity.
concept of nuisance detectors is non-functional and impracticable.
The nuisance detectors work only during office hours (a very
limited and short period of time). Few shop owners bribe them and
do not follow the rules and regulations laid down with respect to
keeping the area clean and green.
of the area should get involved more actively in the ALM
activities. Issues like increased level of noise pollution can be
solved through combined efforts on part of all the ALM members.
The working of ALM can be extended beyond taking care of civic
issues and problems alone.
of meetings plays a very important role and has a greater bearing
on the functioning of the ALM.
Impression about the ALM
The ALM appeared to be working on a sustainable
and self-reliant basis and had the potential to expand its area of
Snigdha Jain, TISS Student, interning with www.karmayog.org