Reacting strongly to an international survey ranking Mumbai as the dirtiest city in the world, Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant urged CM Prithviraj Chavan to take steps to improve the situation. He alleged corruption and lack of planning in the Sena-led BMC responsible for the bad state of the city.
In the recently-announced TripAdvisors Cities Survey, Mumbai was ranked last in a survey of cleanest streets among 40 key tourist cities in the world. Tokyo grabbed the first place.
In his letter Sawant has asked the CM to take a personal interest in the working of BMC, and also pointed to some earlier surveys such as Forbes, which too had rated Mumbai as the seventh dirtiest city in the world.
Although Sena won elections claiming that they have managed to maintain a clean city, Mumbai is being perceived as one of the worst destinations by tourists, said Sawant. The BMC has failed to undertake cleanliness projects successfully including the zero garbage project, he said in the letter.