Brihanmumbai Mahanagar Palika or Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) looks after the municipality requirements of Mumbai. It is essentially a civic body. Brihan mumbai corporation is one of the major civic corporation in India. Apart from Mumbai, it also looks after the civic requirements of Mumbai suburbs. It is one of the largest municipalities in term of its annual budget which exceeds the budget of some of the smaller states in India. It was formed in 1888 through Bombay Municipal Corporation Act. The coat of Arms carries its motto. Its headquarters have been built in Indo Saracenic style. At present, it is one of the largest organizations in the country. Some of Brihan mumbai corporation duties include
- Public health and Hospitals
- Markets, Shops and Establishments
- Removal of Encroachments
- Registering of births and deaths
- Cemeteries and Crematoriums
- Providing supplies of life saving drugs that can be used in case epidemics. (At present, the manufacturing of drugs is done at its Haffkine Institute.)
- Garbage disposal and street cleanliness
- Sewage treatment and disposal
- Maintenance of parks and open spaces
- Street lighting
Mumbai has been maintaining the tradition of strong civic responsibility. Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) is maintaining that tradition with its commitment to civic responsibilities. It is the leading civic agency of Greater Mumbai.
A number of bodies have been associated with the bmc mumbai since it was formed. This includes organizations of citizens, NGO's, and numerous non-political groups. Bmc mumbai has been closely cooperating with them in various fields such as education, education, art and culture, creation of urban amenities, public health, etc. In Asia, MCGM is the largest municipality corporation. MCGM is set to gain greater rights as its area of operation grows further in near future. It is set to become among the world’s largest Municipality Corporation.