S Ghag, assistant engineer, solid waste management, G (north) ward told Mirror, “The machine works like a tractor and does the job of 100 people at a speed of 602 kmph. Mahim beach has a lot of boulders. The JCB couldn’t do the job and the sand would often get trapped. But the Dhooghe beach cleaner only traps the garbage.”
“It can clean at a pace of 2,500 sqm/hr,” he said.
Tired of the BMC’s inefficiency, numerous NGOs and volunteer groups have taken the initiative to clean the beach on their own.
Anwar Khan from Mahim ALM who is monitoring the cleaning drive said, “We were the first ALM to start cleaning Mahim beach along with the ward officer, the local MLA and our corporator. Then it was replicated everywhere else. We have a six-member beach committee to monitor the contractor’s work.”
Inspired by the work of Mumbai-based lawyer Afroz Shah who spearheaded the city’s largest beach clean-up drive, Mahim residents Indranil Sengupta and his wife Sabia Tewari along with two other volunteers from their building had also started cleaning the one kilometre stretch between Mahim Dargah Lane to Hinduja Hospital on September 9, 2017. Since then, both Indranil and Rabia, along with other volunteers from adjoining areas have been cleaning the beach every Saturdays and Sundays between 8 am and 10 am.