Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Deteriorating civic sense and the laxity of the Civic Administration : Nirmala

As a citizen of Pune I am appalled at the deteriorating civic sense and the laxity of the Civic Administration.( I speak of the Lullanagar, Wanowrie area where I live...but I can assure you, most of Pune is in a mess )
I have been taking photographs of overflowing garbage bins, garbage pile ups, rubble dumps and sending them to the Civic bosses, including the Municipal Commissioner. While some of the work is shoddily attended to, most of it is left unattended. A set of pictures got published in the Pune Mirror, I even posted some on IBNLive as a citizen journalist...but to no avail.
The basic problem is:
Conservancy staff don't do their jobs properly.
Civic sense and Community service is not given importance in schools.
Roadside shops and Vendors are the main culprits and there is no rule or law to keep them in check.
Slum dwellers are the biggest offenders
Citizens dont care
There is no national pride
I think we as the Linkedin Pune group should address this problem and look for solutions.
I am attaching some of the photos taken on a 1 km stretch of road..the Salunke Vihar road..truly shocking. What are your views.

I have personally accompanied the Sanitation officer of the Bibewadi Ward office to the sites in the photographs...despite promises to tackle it in a day...nothing has happened to date.( its been 3 weeks now)
The most shocking photo was the one of Leaking water valves in a ditch full of garbage...weeks after sending it to civic authorities, all that was done was. the ditch was filled yesterday with mud along with the valves and all the garbage in the pit. What is one supposed to do?!!
Pune is decaying and we need to do something.

Regards-- Nirmala LalvaniEtiquette Trainer