The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has declared cash prizes ranging from Rs. 10 lakh to 1 crore to encourage waste management.
A senior Civic official said that the prize will be given to public representatives, NGOs, institutions and schools working in the field of waste management and composting across seven zones to improve public participation in keeping the city clean ahead of the Swachh Survekshan 2020.
The official also said that the civic body will be picking one Corporator from each of the seven zones whose ward emerges as the best performer and will award him or her Rs. 1 crore as additional development fund for the ward.
He further said that five Corporators per zone who take considerable efforts to promote cleanliness in their wards will receive between Rs. 10 lakh and Rs. 50 lakh for their development fund.
Apart from this, the BMC will select six NGOs per zone, of which the best performing NGO will be awarded Rs. 50 lakh, the second Rs. 25 lakh, the third Rs. 10 lakh and the others Rs. 5 lakh each.
However, this money will have to be used towards development work in the respective areas only.
He informed that schools and resident welfare associations will also be recognized for their work.