They came to run and left behind a litter that shows Delhi in a bad light.
Once the much-awaited Airtel Delhi Half Marathon was over, the Central Civil Services Cultural and Sports Board ground in Chanakyapuri literally turned into a litter pot.
Participants, as they finished their run, were given refreshments in packets. The food and drinks were consumed and the packets were left behind everywhere for others to take care.
“We walked in a little late and it took us quite some time to find a place which was clear of litter,” said Anahita Ranjan, a collegian who participated in the run with three friends.
There were some dustbins, but they were far and few.
And tired as they were, participants did not take the trouble of throwing their empty packets in the bins.
The organisers had engaged an NGO, Chintan, for collecting the litter on the marathon route. Chintan’s Director of Advocacy and Research Malati Gadgil said: “We were not contacted by the organisers for waste collection on the ground. Our job was limited to clearing the route only.”
The event organisers were unfazed about the litter.
Bruno Goveah from Procam, the even managers, said: “There were enough dustbins at the ground. This is Indian psyche, even if there were dustbins, people didn't throw garbage in it.”
He said they had engaged volunteers to clean the ground after the event.
“In any case, we have to return the ground in the same condition as we got it. It is part of our contract. Otherwise our deposit would be forfeited,” Goveah said.
Time for a reality check dear Delhiites!
There is lot of talk about preparedness on the part of the government agencies for the Commonwealth Games next year. But what about us?