Tuesday, March 13, 2007

A ray of hope for Mumbai

‘Pay up or clean up’ is the BMC’s new formula for cleaning up Mumbai's streets. Starting today, litter-bugs in south Mumbai will be hauled up by broom-wielding officials and forced to sweep the street, if they refuse to pay a fine.

My hearty applauds to the BMC on this move.

I have been in charge of policing my family and friends whenever they try to throw that empty chips packet or that toll-receipt or that suddenly-discovered-useless-thing lying in their bag. it is strange to see that some people don't have the litter-itch when they are outside India, but don’t think twice while littering once they are back in India. I hope the move by BMC helps change this mindset too.
And oh yeah, I need to warn my mom-in-law on her next visit to Mumbai.

12 comments:

കുടുംബംകലക്കി said...

Nice site.

Lazydad said...

Have been reading your blog without leaving comments for quite a while now.. so just thot of dropping a line to say there are more ppl reading you than u imagined..
since i have started- on the house that accomodated the trees- my guess is that it cud be a mallu architect.. coz i happen to be one and clearly remember how our teacher used to encourage us to build around such things..

Girl With Big Eyes said...

Hey lazydad! Good to see you here.

Well, about the lucky coconut tree, it could have been a lucky architect who goaded the builder into accomodating the tree into the plan.

Btw, if you have been in such a situation what would you have done? Chop or keep?

Lazydad said...

you have many options these days- replant (relocate) it if it is small and young- chop it down if its not too productive and plant a couple more - i would build around it only if it was a really old and valuable one.

Girl With Big Eyes said...

Hmmm sounds good as a practice. But is it strictly followed or do people get away without following it?

I guess there should be a census of trees in the city areas - not just the tress on the road-side, but also those inside private properties. And someone should ensure that if a tree is cut down to make way for a concrete structure another one is planted.

Anna said...

i have been reading your blogs for last few months. i read all ur posts... i liked it very much...u write like arundhai roy... i am very sad to say that these days ur blogs lost the charm

Girl With Big Eyes said...

Hi Anna,

Nice to see you here. Maybe I am in a metamorphosis :)

anna said...

hope u will emerge as a more beautiful butterfly ;)

Anna said...

hope u will emerge as a more beautiful butterfly

Hard to handle said...

I didnt know this, girl. Its good & as well as high time the BMC got into the action... You know, in Sikkim its against the law for shopkeepers to hand out polythene bags. A lot of dissent in the beginning but now everyone's accepted it. The streets are a lot more cleaner and most imp. the strays animals dont die of plastic poisoning...

Nice blog. Will be regularly dropping my 2 cents in :)

Girl With Big Eyes said...

I hope so too Anna.

Good to see you here Hard to handle.
The plastic bag ban is an pan-India initiative. There was a lot of hullabaloo about it in Mumbai some months back, but I still see them being handed out without fear or remorse.
What's the point of having such great rules/policies, which everyone just ignores?
I am glad things are better off in Sikkim.

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