The Power of Voice to Clean India – Swach Bharat


This blog-post is a part of clean India campaign initiated by Strepsils India. For more details, you can visit these web-pages: Indiblogger page, twitter handle, facebook page.

Not so long ago, Mr. Narendra Modi, our prime minister began Swach Bharat campaign on 2nd October, 2014. The campaign is aimed at cleaning India and improving the sanitation facilities all across the country. The campaign itself is a step in the right direction however much needs to be done at the grassroots level. I stay in West-Delhi and I have seen many places around my house which are full of dirt, trash and filth.

In this post, I’ll only talk about a nearby place which needs much cleaning and warrants attention of the concerned authorities at the earliest possible. Here’s what this place currently looks like:

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It’s a barren land and I don’t even remember how long its been like this now. Its been years, none of the concerned authorities have tried to do anything. I even wrote many emails earlier to the Delhi government but no such action was taken. Adding to the situation, people living nearby this place have started throwing their household garbage considering a good/comfortable dumping ground. Even the labor class nearby this place has started using it for pee-ing or toilet purposes. Despite several requests from the RWAs and people living nearby, using this place for toilet didn’t stop. As a result, they came up with a good solution of placing Indian Gods’ images on the walls. Here’s what it currently looks like:akhilsethi randomnomics blog akhil

This has indeed stopped people for pee-ing around this place, however much needs to be done to improve the condition. There has been some construction going on nearby of a proposed police station but I’m not sure when it’s going to be completed. Following are few simple steps I propose to improve the condition of this place:

a) Since it’s a DDA land which is unused for years now, I think govt. can clear all this and create a commercial complex of small shops. This will not only help in revenue generation but also help generate more labor/employment around this area

b) Enforce a hefty fine on anyone who is seen pee-ing around here OR even throwing any kind of garbage. Make people aware about this fine as well as have police around this area who can impose fine on the spot

c) DDA with the help of Sulabh International can also build and maintain toilets here. Having said that, there’s already a toilet nearby at the end of the road but similar to other public toilets in Delhi, there is no maintenance and it stinks when someone passes across it. This will also help in tackling the situation mentioned in above point (b)

Do let me know if you have any other suggestions to improve the condition of this land OR even you’re facing something similar around your area.

As mentioned earlier, this post is a part of #AbMontuBolega campaign from Strepsils. Details of which can be found here http://www.abmontubolega.com/ as well as Facebook and Twitter.

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