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FAQ-1.      Why do we need LACG, while ALMs / LACC system is working well in an area?  

The absence of clearly defined criteria, including the minimum geographical area to be represented by a citizen group, and a clear set of rules institutionalizing the ALM / LACCs as an integral part of the MCGM structure and functioning, restricted the potential and effectiveness of the ALM / LACCs. Also if ALMs were formed to cover the entire area of Mumbai, the number of ALMs would become unmanageably too many. However, LACGs covering a larger area are manageable in number. Hence LACGs would better facilitate community involvement in disaster management as well as other civic issues.  

FAQ-2.      What is the need for a new name i.e. LACG? Why not retain ALM as the name?  

There is a fundamental difference in terms of scope, size and administrative structures and procedures of the two. Moreover, all ALMs may not be interested in this new concept. So if these new organizations were to be also called ALMs, it would mean that all ALMs who do not register again would have to be de-registered.  

FAQ-3.      Will ALMs continue to exist even when there is an LACG formed in an area or otherwise?  

ALMs that do not register, as LACGs will be equivalent to any other citizen group e.g. a Resident Association with effect from 1st June 2006. It should be noted that individual ALM members or group of ALMs can come together form an LACG for their area. Even if no LACG formed in an area, Nodal Officer will be appointed to take care of complaints / suggestions.  

FAQ-4.      How is the geographical area covered by the LACGs different from that of ALMs?  

Under the ALMs boundaries were not clearly or formally defined. They generally covered a smaller area within their vicinity. However, LACGs will have clearly defined boundaries demarcated so as to cover the entire Ward, as indicated by the LACG area maps.  

FAQ-5.      The ALM system lacked adequate co-operation of the BMC officials. How can the LACG concept overcome this hurdle?  

Learning from the inadequacies regarding communication and co-operation of the earlier system, the LACG concept will also incorporate a training module for existing BMC officials who will form a part of the LACG structure i.e. the Nodal Officers. This training will address not only capacity building for existing officials who will be appointed as Nodal Officers but also behavioral aspects.  

FAQ-6.      Can ALMs be converted to LACGs directly or do they have to increase their size so as to exactly fit the LACG area?  

An ALM can always form an LACG for the area it wishes to represent, provided it has the support of the citizens of that area. However, if another group wishes to represent the area represented by the ALM, in addition to other areas within that LACG area, then the group covering the larger area, in total, will be given a preference to form an LACG.    


NGO Council:              

Convenor, NGO Council
Shreeniwas House, 2nd Floor,
Behind Bombay Gymkhana,
H. Somani Road , Fort,
Mumbai 400 001

Chief Nodal Officer
Shri A. G. Hire, Deputy Municipal Commissioner
(General Administration)
BMC Annexe Building ,

6th floor, Mahanagar Palika Marg,
Opp. CST, Fort,

Mumbai 400 001