The words…and the truth….

We went to Nandi Hills on Sunday for a day of birding. And we came away saddened by the way the day trippers treat such a beautiful spot. Between the law and the enforcement there’s a huge gap.

Here’s the sign:

plastic prohibited...

And here’s the reality (this was JUST next to the sign)

and there's a lot of plastic...nandi hills 251107

Why can’t each of us have some civic sense? It’s one thing to have signs, it’s much more effective if each of us could have pride in our nature spots and want to keep them clean….

5 Comments so far

  1. Srikanth (unregistered) on November 27th, 2007 @ 7:57 pm

    Its really a pity that all tourist places in karnataka is meeting the same fate. Whats needed is that people who believe in not littering around must take a dharna in these places to ensure others understand what they are doing is wrong.

    One another thing I was really wanting to write to the CM or meet him about is the fact that there are no good toilets around any tourist attraction in karnataka. think twice and you ll understand what i mean. considering there are foreign tourists and thousands of our own people who make it to such places, its pathetic that you have a great attraction but no place to relieve yourself.

    Sudha murthy, are you listening?

  2. Cindy (unregistered) on November 27th, 2007 @ 9:16 pm

    Here is California, environmental groups have organized annual events like “Coastal Clean-up Day” and “River Clean-up Day” etc.. They put a call out for volunteers and many people come, including school children and youth groups such as Boy and Girl Scouts (called Guides in India I believe). The put on gloves and get trash bags and at the end of the day have cleaned up quite a lot. But the real success is not in getting the area clean, it is in making as many people aware about this type of problem as possible. I think it is particularly important to get young people/students involved as in doing so you are training the next generation to not do such things. It is much harder to re-train adults!

    Oh, and Srikanth- I agree about the toilets!!! This is a huge issue! I remember shopping on Commercial street and being stunned that the Cafe Coffee Day did not have a toilet. Coffee and no toilet? Well, I will have to learn to hold it more I guess! :)

  3. NParry (unregistered) on November 28th, 2007 @ 9:12 pm

    Agree with Cindy and the others about this pathetic gap in planning public places and conveniences in India. We spend a whole lot of money to build this or that, but always always fall short of making life a little more pleasant – eg. clean toilets, trashbins, etc.. Always “short of a french fry” as they in the American South!

  4. Shek (unregistered) on November 29th, 2007 @ 10:49 am

    What has Sudha Murthy got to do with this?

  5. Mangala (unregistered) on November 30th, 2007 @ 8:56 am

    I was part of the coastal clean up day some 6 yrs back. We cleaned up around Stevens creek reservoir,we were given gloves and large bags to collect trash. And guess what — our instructor said to even pick up cigarette butts because they don’t belong!!
    I would love it if people in India just stopped throwing plastic and food containers everywhere, let alone butts. Why do people have no awareness? And there are those clowns who carve “Sharath loves Priya” on monuments . If people love their country trashing historic places is a strange way to show it.

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