Saturday, July 14, 2007

Garbage and queen of Arabian Sea

As the traffic blockades continue in cochin city, the industrial capital of God's own country is in the newsheadlines for a wrong reason; piling garbage. The city has been growing ever since the state formation and it is the only city in Kerala which has a true cosmopolitian atmosphere. the population in city is more than 2 million and it has been home from Jews to Sikhs. The city contributed much to the state GDP.

today, Cochin has been rated potential IT city. Smart cities and IT parks have slowly started descending down to the shores of Arabian sea. but the city admisnistration is neither smart enough to tackle the issues like grabgae disposal. The city corporation has been ruled by people lacking vision and mission on this subject. during the last one decade, the garbage issue grown out of propotions but there has no realisitic approach from the administration. whenver the court smelled foul or bitten by mosquitoes, the corporation received the admonishment from the High Court. for the next few days, corporation slug out all its machinery to save its face. this has been the norm for the last many years.

this monsoon worsened the situation. there are reports corruption and bribe on the part of officials and the party leaders added misery to the city life. another day, another foul smell opened the eyes of judiciary and luckily for the city dwellers. The city does not have any vacant space nor any recycling plants. the city adminstration bought land in the suburbs for building the recyling plant has been a forgotten event for many officials. to save thier seats they have to act; solution: why should we waste time and money for a recycling plant; instead we can simply dump the garbage there itself. can we call it ' State sponsored vandalism?' anyway, at the end f the day, they have retract at the fury of the locals. now they found another place; udayamperoor. reports suggest that the they have to find another place soon........ how long can this thamasha go on?

can we blame the city adminstrators alone? yes we agree that they failed in their vision. but that is the plight of this God's own country. at the same time, are we lacking civic sense? why can't be corporation be a facilitator and monitoring agency instead of implementing agency? encourage and facilitate the resident associations to come up with thier own plans and solve the garbage issue at the ground level. it shall be the responsibilty to separate the different types of wastes and then hand over to the RWA run recycling plants. in an ever growing city like cochin, most of these issues can be solved with truly decentralised planning and administration. for this to happen, political parties have to bend their minds to equip themselves to facilitate the working of RWAs. unfortunately, their minds are also piled with grabage

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