‘Garbage Man’ on clean-up mission at site of agitation
Even as the anti-graft protest picks up pace, streets and pavements outside the Ramlila Ground are filling up with filth. Shaswati Das reports.delhi Updated: Aug 23, 2011 00:02 IST
Even as the anti-graft protest picks up pace, streets and pavements outside the Ramlila Ground are filling up with filth.
With water pouches, banana peels, bottles and leftover food, the garbage and the stench here have begun to draw reproachful looks from workers who have been toiling tirelessly to keep the vicinity clean.
To contribute in his own little way to the movement, Vijay Baba, a 60-year-old rickshaw puller in the city, has decided to walk the perimeter of the Ramlila Ground, wearing a signage that discourages littering.
“I had saved money from pulling rickshaws, but now I live on the food that they distribute here,” said Vijay Baba.
“Throughout the day, I walk around the ground to make sure that people read what I'm wearing — that they should use garbage cans to throw the garbage instead of littering in and around Ramlila Ground,” he added.
Baba had earlier staged a similar protest at the Chhatrasal Stadium, where he had also courted arrest.
“People were littering there as well. So I walked around the stadium to make people aware, so that they would not litter there,” added Baba.
Clearly, even as supporters of the movement try to get the government to clean up its act, Baba’s message should carry as much, if not more, importance for them.