A few months down the line, the national Capital gets ready welcome to tourists from around the world during the Commonwealth Games. But the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has failed miserably in cleanliness and sanitation.
Delhi could not even make it to the top 25 cities in cleanliness in a recent study by the Union Urban Development Ministry, and lost out to second rung cities such as Chandigarh, Mysore, Surat, Tiruchirapalli and Jamshedpur. The cities were rated on parameters like open defecation, open scavenging and safe collection and disposal of total human excreta, etc. HT City asked some Delhiites what’s lacking in the Capital’s will to make a ‘clean’ impression.
Polo player Adhiraj Singh blames the mediocre mindset of Delhiites and says we need to change our chalta hai attitude. “We don’t feel we deserve good things in life and our surrounding are a reflection of us within.” Model Krishana Somani says, “We talk a lot and ask for too many facilities, but we don’t implement or make use of those facilities. We are self-centered and need to develop group responsibility.”
Entrepreneur Shabnam Singhal says, we need to behave responsibly rather than blame the authorities for everything that’s wrong with the city. “Private organisations and corporates can pitch in to help in cleanliness and maintenance of public sanitation.”
Theatre personality Jayasri Burman stresses on the importance of educating women, who in turn can educate the entire family. “Women have clean homes, but right outside that home you’ll find a dumpyard. That attitude has to change.”