Mumbai Facts


At India First we believe in empowering citizens with unadulterated facts so they can make informed decisions about our leadership.

In an effort to shed some light on the working of the BMC and key figures pertinent to Mumbai city, we have made a collection of interesting facts.

BMC Responsibility:

BMC is responsible for Civic Infrastructure, and administration of the city of Mumbai.

Responsible for providing basic amenities for the citizens, which is listed below:

1.)  Maintanence of Sanitation and Health:

a.     Garbage Disposal

b.     Water Supply

c.      Public Health

2.)   Creation and Maintanence of Roads and Flyovers including cleaning and lighting of Roadways

3.)  Register birth and deaths, and holds authority over all crematoria and cemeteries in the city

4.)  Office of record for urban property and is also responsible for setting up and enforcing building norms.

5.)  Maintenance of parks and public spaces, including beaches, and the provision of coastal safety in the form of lifeguards at beaches and lighthouse maintenance staff

6.)  Ensuring basic educational facilities are met in Primary schools and all schools, directions given by State Government to be considered.

Overview of BMC:

BMC Administration: 24 Wards  and 227 Corporators

Total BMC Budget is Rs. 37,052 Cr. for the Year 2016-17

BMC has 1 employee for every 112 Mumbaikars 

Average BMC Per Employee Salary > Average Tata Power Salary >Rs. 6 lac p.a 


Of the 9500 metric tonnes of waste generated daily,

Only 31.58%. i.e. 3000 metric tonnes is treated as Kanjurmarg.

The rest 68.42% i.e 6500 metric tonnes is dumped at Deonar and Malad and remains untreated.

The untreated dump in Deonar has resulted in a massive fire, and threat of pocket fires remains

Water Supply:

Average Demand per person per day - 135 litres per citizen per day - 2-3 hours water supply

Average Supply per person per day -  90 litres per citizen per day 

30% of Water Demand not being met by BMC

25% (i.e 900 Mn litres) of Mumbai’s Water is Lost due to Leakage and Theft

Estimated Total Shortfall by the year 2041- 2520 Million Litres Per day

International Water Supply:  

London -150 litres per citizen per day with 24/7 Water Supply 

Singapore- 160 litres per citizen per day with 24/7 Water Supply 


The World Health Organisation (WHO) norm for provision is 1/550 population per bed, whereas the ratio for Mumbai works out around 1/3,000

The life expectancy at birth is around 64 years for India, 67 or 68 for Maharashtra but for a Mumbaikar, it is a dismal 57 years

Health Budget is 11% of the Annual BMC Budget


 51% of illegal construction complaints in Mumbai await BMC action

Parks and Public Spaces:                                                                                           Prescribed by UDFFI- 10-12 sq metre/person                                                                       New York City- 6 sq metre/person   Singapore - 7.5 sqm/person 

whereas Mumbai has - 1.24 sq metre/person   

 Air Quality Index of Mumbai Is 168 ,the Unhealthy Range is 151-200 


Annual Budget per child (BMC) Rs.50,534 equivalent to Annual Private School fees eg. St Annes High School and Saint Mary’s

Governance of BMC:

There are 227 corporators across 24 Wards

These corporators are elected once every 5 years 

These corporators are Elected representatives Of the residents,

By the residents and For the residents of the constituency

The residents are the consumers of the BMC services

Muncipal Commissioner is nominated by the State Government 

Muncipal Commissioner serves as a Head and CEO of the business

Role of a Corporator
Understand the concerns and issues of the constituency 

Represent the constituency in  council and committee meetings  

Attend the respective council and committee meetings 

Ask questions in these meetings and approve relevant projects

Each corporator is given Rs.60 lakh to be used for the development of the respective constituency

Corporator Performance

Only 40% of the councillors have 80-100 % attendance

20% of the complaints were on Roads, the maximum no.of questions i.e 194 asked by councillors are only 

55% of the councillors have asked about 1-5 questions

Democracy Begins With Electing your Local Corporator!! 

Vote wisely for the corporator and Demand services from the BMC !!

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Working with the Election Commissioner

It was an eye opener for me when I started work on helping voters get their names registered with the Election Commission in Mumbai. My job was primarily to deposit the filled in forms with the election commission office. My first impression on entering the old customs house in Mumbai was that of wonder; there were piles of forms, frayed, yellowed, where dust had made a permanent home. Rats and bandicoots had chewed up wooden tables and god alone knows how many forms. 

The department was understaffed to say the least. As voter registration is supposed to be a once in five years activity, the department had very few permanent staffers. Every day they would requisition a new lot of clerks from various state and municipal government offices and would have to train them. Most senior officers too had election commission work as an additional duty over and above their regular work. So you can imagine their reaction to me when I tottered in with hundreds of forms from various societies! But their initial hostility evaporated when they realized that India First had gotten them the forms from buildings where it was impossible for them to penetrate. 

I felt sorry for the whole lot who worked despite all the odds. After dealing with Mumbai’s overcrowded public transport, once they reached the gates of the allotted societies, most of the times they were denied entry by the security despite them proving their genuineness. They were manhandled too. After collating, they would be back at the office to write it all down in registers and reconcile the data. Another problem they faced was of ward boundaries. Every ward had its election commission office. And one could submit the forms only if their building was in that ward. What I was impressed with was that after all this seeming madness of paper; we got voter ID cards for all the forms that we submitted! 

I find a nation-wide computer system could easily resolve all these issues. Wherever one lived, one could just visit the election commission kiosk and input all details personally get photographed on site, scan original documents proving residence and apply for voter registration. The officials visiting buildings to check validity of the applicant could probably carry tablets and authenticate signatures, pictures, and residence proof on site. Just some good software and some investment will get our voter rolls all secure, easy to manage and updated at all times.