Residents of buildings near the Mount Mary church steps, where hawkers have put up stalls for the Bandra fair, complained that a playground in the area was being used to dump garbage.
Residents of Monalisa Co-op Housing Society said the garbage dumped in Veer Jijamata Bhosale Kridangan had been a source of foul smell and insects since the week-long fair began on Sunday.
Pictures shared by residents showed garbage strewn on the ground and four overflowing bins on Wednesday morning. Later in the afternoon, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) cleared the area.
“The playground is a temporary arrangement to collect additional garbage during the fair,” said H-West ward officer Sharad Ughade. “Until a year ago, the playground was used as a holding area (as a pickup point) for waste during the fair. But this year, garbage collected from our society, Nirmala Colony, Sea Breeze and even Kadeshwari Marg is brought here,” said Anjali Kale, secretary, Monalisa Co-op Housing Society.
According to the Bombay HC order on October 6, 2015, the BMC was required to immediately remove garbage during the fair, said, residents. Social activist Lillian Pias, who was a petitioner in the case, wrote to the complaint officer and the BMC to ensure that waste was cleared. The playground is designated for emergency services such as ambulance, fire brigade, and police officers to ensure the safety of visitors.
“The BMC is asking us to manage our waste otherwise they will not pick it up. But when they are unable to manage waste, how are they expecting us to come with a solution,” said Pias, adding that she had approached the BMC over waste management, but to no avail.
Ward officer Ughade said he would personally monitor waste management. “The issue will be resolved immediately,” he said.