How to make our public places very neatSeveral years ago, plague hit the city of Surat in Gujarat. The Government swung into action, but many lives could not be saved.
Since then, there has been a sustained movement, one is told, to keep the city very clean. There are cleaning campaigns involving the youth, there has been additional emphasis on waste water management and disposal of waste.
Result: today, Surat is ranked among the cleanest cities of India. Mysore is the cleanest city of India. One is amazed at the superb attitude of its citizens, who care to search for dustbins in public places. I have seen this and I have been amazed at their very good attitude.
If only every Indian thought on those lines!! In Chennai, the auto drivers happily spit on the prestigious Anna Salai ( also famously known as Mount Road), which extends to a distance of thirty kilometers. Reprimand them, coax them, counsel them -- nothing will work.
Similarly, one of the dirtiest towns of Tamil Nadu --- Tiruchirapalli -- has seen a huge face lift in the past seven years or so. Today, it finds a pride of place among the cleanest cities of India, in survey after survey.
There is no use of blaming the Corporate or the State Government. We also need to be deeply concerned about public places and the need to maintain them very neatly. Each one of us has a role.
We should discourage the use of plastic bags, but even if we do, give them to some agency that faithfully hands that over, in huge quantities to those agencies laying roads. Today, in many States this is being followed, and the roads are supposed to be better in terms of durability.
It is high time the Central Government and in the States recognize the need for utilizing the plastic waste only in construction of roads. If there is any other innovative use of plastic waste, Members may please discuss it here.
Our children need to be told the huge disadvantages of making public places very dirty. They should never spit on the roads. We, as parents should not do so either. Since they learn from us, we should be vigilant and conscious of our responsibilities.
Members may share their own personal experiences and how other agencies, including voluntary organizations are doing something in this regard.