Afroz Shah’s tweet forces BMC officials to clean up Versova beach

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis stepped in and assured Shah of hearing out his grievances


After Afroz Shah suspended the Versova beach clean-up initiative, citing that he received abuses, threats from goons and lack of help from the BMC workers to pick up the waste, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis stepped in and assured Shah of hearing out his grievances. Shah took to Twitter and announced his decision of ending the beach clean-up initiative. 

Post his tweet, a lot of netizens along with Minister of State for Housing & Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri showed him support on Twitter.

Right after the tweet, CMO ordered Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to clean up the waste which was piled up on Versova beach. Following the orders, the civic officials then picked up the waste.

MLA Bharti Lavekar too stepped in and had organised a meeting with civic officials and Shah. Lavekar assured that every week, BMC officials will pick up the waste.

In the longer run, we need a comprehensive marine litter policy for Mumbai, and a waste-to-energy plant to treat garbage from the beach. The existing contract must be scrapped and a new contractor should be appointed on the lines of marine litter policy." 

Afroz Shah.


  • Four dumpers each on Saturday and Sunday
  • At least two excavators
  • Three tractors with four-wheel drive
  • Sixty labourers every day through the week
  • BMC engineer to oversee clean up every weekend
  • Cops on the beach on Friday & Saturday night
  • Display board with garbage collection log sheet

36-year-old lawyer Afroz Shah started cleaning up the Versova beach in 2015 and in the span of mere two years, Shah changed the Versova beach making it clean and tidy. Even PM of India Narendra Modi acknowledged his work and congratulated him for the same. Until now, he has cleared Versova beach by picking up 5 million waste.

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