Sweeping dirt under carpet Driving change
Ridding the metropolitan city of garbage and stench, while addressing incidental public issues, was the main pupose of the five-day ‘Swachh Hyderabad’ programme. A sum of Rs 20 crore was released to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation to launch the programme conducted during May 16-20 by involving 33,500 employees. In this backdrop, Metro India reporters JayaVellampalli and Palli Durga Sindhuja interacted with a cross-section of people to know their opinions on whether we need such campaigns to keep our city clean.
As the Father of the Nation saw it …
Mahatma Gandhi had firm views on environment, sanitation and hygiene. Most of his comments on these subjects, which appeared in Navajivan, are illuminating
Towards spotless streets
". . . No one should spit or clean his nose on the streets. In some cases, the sputum is so harmful that the germs are carried from it and they infect others with tuberculosis. In some places spitting on the road is a criminal offence. Those who spit after chewing betel leaves and tobacco have no consideration for the feelings of others. Spittle, mucus from the nose, etc, should also be covered with earth. "Near the village or dwellings, there should be no ditches in which water can collect.
Mosquitoes do not breed where water does not stagnate. Where there are no mosquitoes, the incidence of malaria is low. At one time, water used to collect around Delhi. After the hollows were filled, mosquitoes were greatly reduced and so also was malaria."
Maintaining purity of tanks
"Village tanks are promiscuously used for bathing, washing clothes and drinking and cooking purposes. Many village tanks are also used by cattle. Buffaloes are often to be seen wallowing in them. The wonder is that, in spite of this sinful misuse of village tanks, villages have not been destroyed by epidemics. It is the universal medical evidence that this neglect to ensure purity of the water supply of villages is responsible for many of the diseases suffered by the villagers."
Lavatory as clean as drawing room
"I shall have to defend myself on one point, namely, sanitary conveniences. I learnt 35 years ago that a lavatory must be as clean as a drawing-room. I learnt this in the West. I believe that many rules about cleanliness in lavatories are observed more scrupulously in the West than in the East. There are some defects in their rules in this matter, which can be easily remedied. The cause of many of our diseases is the condition of our lavatories and our bad habit of disposing of excreta anywhere and everywhere.
I, therefore, believe in the absolute necessity of a clean place for answering the call of nature and clean articles for use at the time, have accustomed myself to them, and wish that all others should do the same. The habit has become so firm in me that even if I wished to change it I would not be able to do so. Nor do I wish to change it"
Simplicity for healthy living
"Many households are so packed with all sorts of unnecessary decorations and furniture which one can very well do without that a simple living man will feel suffocated in those surroundings. They are nothing but means of harbouring dust, bacteria and insects. . . I meant to say is that my desire to be in tune with the infinite has saved me from many complications in life. It led not merely to simplicity of household and dress but all round simplicity in the mode of my life. In a nutshell, and in the language of the subject under discussion, I have gone on creating more and more contact with akash.
With the increase in the contact went improvement in health. I had more contentment and peace of mind and the desire for belongings almost disappeared. He who will establish contact with the infinite possesses nothing and yet possesses everything. In the ultimate analysis, man owns that of which he can make legitimate use and which he can assimilate. If everybody followed this rule, there would be room enough for all and there would be neither want nor overcrowding."
Campaigns do work
Campaigns do really work for us. We identified the ground reality during the programme. It is a continuous process and it is everyone’s responsibility. People came forward to express their grievances to us during the campaign.
Additional Commissioner (Traffic)
Need for campaigns
There is need for campaigns for the success of such programmes. They will remind us to be a responsible citizen. ‘Swachh Hyderabad’ is really a wonderful programme initiated by the Chief Minister. We as citizens should feel responsible in transforming our environment healthy.
Additional Commissioner (Crimes and SIT)
This is a political farce
This is a political farce because BJP –TDP alliance is scaring TRS.” While it is a fact that TRS lacks presence in the Greater Hyderabad limits, the urban population was seen swinging in the direction of the BJP-TDP, which together are representing 14 legislative assembly constituencies out of 24 in the GHMC limits.
BJP state unit president
Develop basic civic sense
I think it is a good campaign to develop basic civic sense among the citizens. The campaign could have been better, with more of people’s participation, rather than the government. The basic ideas of social responsibility and civic sense should be instilled in people so that they do not forget them over time. I think ways of keeping our surroundings clean should be taught right from childhood. It is these kinds of learning that would make people better human beings, with concern and respect towards society.
Civic sense is important
Civic sense is the most important quality that every citizen should posses if he wants to achieve a cleaner society. But today after the damage is already done with so much dirt strewn around the city I fell the campaign makes sense as people need a medium through which they can build a better society. I support these campaigns as they are a start to spreading awareness about having clean surroundings.
Instil a sense of responsibility
I feel that the campaign will help instil a sense of responsibility among the public and it should not stop at just that. People should have the civic sense to keep the city clean. This campaign should go ahead and people should never look back. The main agenda behind these campaigns is to instil a sense of social responsibility. They should not forget all the sectors in the city like the government; people, local bodies should come together to build a cleaner and hygienic society.
K Ramya Bhavana,
President of street cause
Stick to civic Sense
In our school days, we used to study that 'Cleanliness is next to godliness'
And yes, every one of us do accept and embrace the need for cleanliness, but there comes a question:Do we implement it? Maybe only to some extent. Irrespective of the controversies around the campaign and also the funds which are spent on the campaign, it still is an initiative which is going to transform the look of Hyderabad. And, yes at least after the campaign, if we can stick to our civic sense then at least, Hyderabad would turn into a dream city which most of us would love to live in.
Member of Street Cause
Best medium to reach out to people
It is an undeniable fact that this campaign is the best medium to reach out to people. People do not forget leaders who work for them. People vote for those who are accessible. Housing is a top priority issue for Hyderabad. But it is not as easy as KCR makes it out to be. He will go down in history if he can actually provide housing for the urban poor, instead of cluttering the city.
Is a campaign needed?
A campaign launched to clean Hyderabad by KCR .The first question which struck many a mind was: Isn't it civic sense to keep our premises clean? Is a campaign needed to do so? Keeping the questions aside, I feel one should support the campaign as it is going do something better for city and later comes the civic sense. It is the responsibility of all the citizens of Hyderabad to support the campaign because it's an initiative taken to keep our own city clean.
Appreciate the government’s interest
I appreciate and welcome the government’s attention towards cleaning the city. We Indians totally neglect personal hygiene and environmental sanitation. I fell from ancient times we are very poor at maintaining clean surroundings and that is very contradictory to the Asian culture. I feel we have this neglected attitude towards hygiene because of the influence of the Mediterranean parts of world. The biggest problem of the country is that we have already accumulated too much of waste and I feel that we need a campaign to clean that accumulated waste. The good intention of the government is to be appreciated. The results of their work need to be followed up.
VBJ Rao Chilkani Member, Forum for good governance