What is an ALM?
In the year 1998, the citizens of Joshi lane at Ghatkopar were fed up with their lane which was covered with garbage and filth that attracted rodents and other unwanted parasites. They decided to make a Change. They partnered with the MCGM and helped initiate the concept of an ALM (Advance Locality Management), the primary role being Solid Waste Management.
An ALM is essentially a sign of Change, a Change that was initiated by the People, for the People.
The MCGM has learnt from the success of working together with citizen bodies in various projects, and recognized the need for greater public participation of good governance and better delivery of civic services. Thus, civic citizen partnership led to the birth of the concept of ALMs.
ALMs provide citizens a means to pool their strengths and resources and help the MCGM maintain and improve services in a well-defined locality / neighbourhood in a sustainable manner.
An ALM is a group of residents of a particular locality who have committed themselves to preserve their neighbourhood in partnership with the MCGM. To begin with, ALMs usually take up simple tasks like segregation of waste into dry and wet waste, beautification and cleanliness of the neighbourhood and introducing the practice of composting, and Vermiculture.
To know how to start your own ALM, click here.
To view the official MCGM ALM Manual click here.
How does the MCGM publicise ALMs?
The MCGM appointed special duty officers to help publicise the concept. Further publicity was done in co-operative Societies, Residential Welfare Associations, Schools, Colleges, Hotels and Institutes by the MCGM.
The ALM concept has grown into a Movement since its inception as more and more citizens in different neighbourhoods of the city have come forward to form ALMs in their localities, driven by the efforts of the ALM officer of the MCGM and existing active ALM groups.