Tuesday, July 21, 2015

MCGM : Life Line of Mumbai

Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, better known as BMC is life line of Mumbai. Mumbaikars love to hate MCGM. Overpopulated Mumbai is bursting at seams still she is alive and thriving with able administration of MCGM.

Let’s not argue and take a snap at the typical Mumbai-day. We get up in the morning, hurry into the bathroom, turn the tap and voila! The water is always running, though the whole Maharashtra is facing serious water shortage. The engineers, sluice men of MCGM’s water department work skillfully to keep meticulous quantity of water flowing throughout the slums and skyscrapers of Mumbai.

Next we dump our leftover food and scrap into the bins. We never separate our wet and dry garbage. The solid waste management department of MCGM takes care of it.

While passing by the garbage trucks we cover our precious noses with eau-de-cologned hankies. The sewerage workers toil in those stinking trucks to keep our city spic and span, whether it’s scorching or pouring.

We always get adequate and fresh supply of vegetables, fruits, fish, and meat at reasonable prices from MCGM’s 21 markets spread throughout city and suburbs.

The most important of MCGM’s duty and where it spends its major chunk of the revenue is Public Health Department. There are 229 Health posts from where free vaccination, immunization, vitamins, family planning methods and general medicines are administered for whole Mumbai.

MCGM runs 30 maternity homes plus 16 hospitals assist in child delivery and maternal care. The best medical treatment is available at affordable rates at Cooper, Bhagwati, Lokmanya Tilak, Rajawadi, V.N. Desai, Nair, Centenary ( Shatabdi ), Kasturaba etc. MCGM’s mobile medicine vans routinely provide general medicine in various slum pockets of Mumbai. The airborne diseases are kept in check by the Pest Control Department.

MCGM gives free school education to 5, 19160 students of Mumbai.
Its Storm Water drain Department carries away pouring rain water to keep Mumbai active.MCGM administers 23 Fire brigade stations.

In other states, separate boards are formed for Water ,Sewerage, Education, but only in Maharashtra it’s MCGM which does the thankless extra job of providing the essential services.

Why do people whine so much about Mumbai-rains?. If The Train's schedule is disrupted due to monsoon, the Railway Board is responsible for that. Most of the potholes , the traffic jams on highways are due to Metro-work , where MMRDA is equally responsible. Just cursing and abusing BMC ( MCGM ) for everything under the SUN and above the SEA is absolutely foolish. If they really find it so much bothersome as to want to shift to Mars or Zumaritalayya, who has stopped them?. Nobody has invited or forced people to stay in Mumbai. It's equivalent to cursing our own mother and father for big family and resultant poverty. Finally If Mumbai is so problematic, why more and more people from inside as well as outside India rushing to Mumbai, dreaming to settle in Mumbai ?

It’s a fact that Mumbai is an Island, eclipsed by appx. 65% unauthorized slum population. The unauthorized constructions have blocked Mithi river, Sanjay Gandhi National Park ( aka Borivli national park ), drainage, beaches and footpaths. Many more rush to Mumbai, every hour of 365 days a year. How and where can MCGM accommodate and manage such mammoth population?.

Let me know about any island on Earth which is as much densely populated as Mumbai and still efficiently administered by local Municipal body.

Our Mumbai is clean, healthy and going strong with the efforts of MCGM’s work force. MCGM is truly the lifeline of Mumbai. But do we citizens care for the proper functioning of our lifeline which is clogged with slums and unauthorized constructions. Until and unless we remove these hurdles how could we expect the proper flow of services from MCGM?

We tend to take MCGM for granted, neglecting our own duties. Is it fair?


  1. Wow! Superbly written post and it really is the truth that everyone is neglecting their duties knowingly or unknowingly. Also people are smart enough to find flaws rather than praising the good work done earlier. It is really important to accolade MCGM for providing a better life to all the Mumbaikars. Also you have rightly said that if this place is bothersome then people should find another better place :-).

    1. Hi Pravin ,
      Thanks for appreciation. I slogged in MCGM's Management Information System for 10 long years , so this blog-post is Direct Dilse and Dimagse. Only , when we stay in some other place then, we understand the importance of MCGM. I always love / crave to return to Mumbai , whether I am in Kashmir or Goa , within 2 days.

  2. It is so easy to crib and curse. This post deserves a wider audience. Really. Maybe the MCGM should hire a PR agency or start a 'Responsibility' oriented campaign.

  3. Right said ! Sunita. It's so easy to crib and curse, to avoid our civic duties. Just blame others and shirk the responsibilities, is what , some people like to do. MCGM has it's own PR department.

  4. Sujata, good to see someone highlight the positives. Mumbaikars take too much for granted. Having said that, there is still a great deal that can be done. Unauthorised slums is a problem created by the politicians in chase of vote banks. What can ordinary citizens do when the people they voted into power abuse it?

    1. Hi Lata , Thanks for your detail comment. We the Mumbaikars have such a luxurious life , compared to other Indians as well as foreigners. It's the case of 'Ghar ki murgi dal barabar'. Furthermore this ghar ki murgi is literally a hen awarding golden eggs , to the honest, hardworking and civilized Mumbaikars. Alas , we are hell bent on murdering her for quick bucks and pass the buck to her for each and every minuscule problem we encounter. We citizens should keep watch in our neighborhood and should report the unauthorized slum / construction / activity to the local Municipal authority / counselor at the earliest .


  5. Such an awesome post. Makes us think whether as citizens do we fulfill our responsibilities or not.

    Manasi Joshi

    1. Hi Manasi , Welcome to ' Spirit Of Mumbai '. Exactly my point of view. As a citizen, It is our duty to maintain the law , order and sanitation in our city as if it's our home.

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    1. Thank you so much Rashmi for compliment. Welcome to 'Spirit Of Mumbai' .