Video: BMC’s clean-up marshals save woman from drowning near Bandra Fort, Bandstand

Video: BMC's clean-up marshals save woman from drowning near Bandra Fort, Bandstand
The clean-up marshals from H-West had to tackle strong currents and large rocks to save the woman (screengrabs from the video)

In a heroic effort, four clean-up marshals successfully rescued a woman from drowning in the sea near Mumbai’s Bandra on Thursday.

According to preliminary information, the yet to be identified woman had gone for a swim near Bandra Fort at Bandstand, when a strong current pulled her away from the shore.

When the team of clean-up marshals from Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation’s (BMC) H-West ward saw her struggling to cope up with the current, they immediately rushed to her aid and brought her back to safety.

Apart from the strong current, the marshals also had to tackle the large rocks near the shore, making their efforts all the more praiseworthy. The team was led by Tanaji.

Former BJP corporator Alka Kerkar took to Twitter to praise the team for their heroic efforts.

“4 of our clean-up marshalls at H-West, saved a drowning woman near Bandra Fort, Bandstand. They deserve all the praise. BRAVO,” she said.

The BMC had appointed clean-up marshals two years back to keep the city clean and educate people about cleanliness. However, they came under fire after scores of citizens complained about their alleged ‘extortion’ attempts.

Elected representatives have also condemned their actions in the past, claiming that the marshals always seemed more keen on fining unsuspecting people as opposed to preventing them from littering.

The civic body is working on a 50:50 revenue sharing arrangement with the marshals, which entitles them to half of the total fine collected.

The marshals can fine offenders anywhere between Rs 100 to 1,000 for littering, depending on the severity of the violation.

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