August 2015

Lending a helping hand to Mumbai’s sanitation workers

Tata Trusts and Tata Consultancy Services lend a helping hand to Mumbai’s sanitation workers

To improve the working conditions of Mumbai's sanitation workers, the Tata Trusts and Tata Consultancy Services, in collaboration with the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM), launched an event on August 22, showcasing best practices on solid waste management.

The event showcased machines / technology to improve the city's waste collection process specially chosen for sanitation workers. The machines were demonstrated at the actual problem areas in Nehru Nagar, Kurla for possible adoption by the city's municipal corporation.

Over 200 volunteers also teamed up with sanitation workers at 11 other locations in L – Ward (Kurla) to understand their day-to-day functioning, their plights and their problems. "I was touched to see such a large group of volunteers actually working with us, trying to understand our issues. I'm hopeful that this project will make a positive difference to our lives," said Dinesh Sarwagod, one of the sanitation workers from Kurla.

Tata Trusts and Tata Consultancy Services volunteers after the event at L-Ward, Kurla, Mumbai

The event was organised as part of the Trusts' Mission Garima program that aims to eliminate manual interventions in sanitation work. It was attended by senior functionaries of Tata Trusts, TCS and MCGM, including R Venkataramanan, executive trustee, Tata Trusts; Girish Ramachandran, president, Asia-Pacific, TCS; Prakash Patil, deputy municipal commissioner, solid waste management department, MCGM; Sanjog Kabre, assistant municipal commissioner, solid waste management department, MCGM; and Prashant Sapkale, assistant municipal commissioner, L-Ward, MCGM.