Exquisite Mughal monuments encircled by manicured lawns, parks with pretty beds of seasonal flowers, spotless museums showcasing our history and culture and many cities within a city — these are some of the factors that draw foreign tourists to Delhi.
Every single day, hundreds of civic employees work tirelessly at different locations to ensure that the tourist hubs remain clean and there are no ugly spots on a photograph a tourist takes back home as a souvenir. On the face of it, it looks like Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan initiative is working. But, delve deeper and you find that the heritage buildings are clean not because of a sudden change in the attitude of visitors, but because people entrusted with the task of keeping it clean are doing their job well.
“If we stop doing our job even for a day, you will see the difference. Tourists litter the place as they know that there is somebody to clean up the mess,” says Prem Singh, a gardener at Lodhi Gardens.
He adds, “The initiative was launched to bring about a behavioural change can, but the attitude remains the same. People keep their houses clean, but as soon as they step out it is no longer their responsibility and somebody else needs to take care of the mess.”
Another civic employee at Humayun’s Tomb says, “When you see something so beautiful, how can you litter it. It is sad to see children coming for picnics and littering the place. Their teachers say nothing, which is sad as you have to teach youngsters to inculcate the right habits. Teachers sometimes tip us to clean the mess but that does not serve the purpose.”
An interesting trend that can be noted at most of the tourist hubs is that although the premises are clean, as you move further away towards the parking lots and the shops outside the gates, it gets filthier.
For instance, Jama Masjid is spotless but as you move away from Gate Number 3, the scene makes for quite an eyesore.
In the parking area that is shared by the Delhi Zoo and Purana Quila, recently, a bus filled with tourists had stopped for lunch before heading for the next destination.
Boxes of packed lunch were passed around, devoured by tourists sitting in the bus and then tossed out of the window leaving behind a pile of mess. When questioned, the parking attendant said that it happens all the time and someone from the safai team would come and clean it in sometime.
Malis and guards say that foreign tourists are much better than Indian tourists as they don’t even throw away a “mungphali ka cheela” on the ground.
An ice-cream vendor at India Gate says that every Sunday, thousands visit India Gate and even though there are ample dustbins in the area and one attached to his cart, he needs to tell people not to litter and more often than not, it is youngsters who he has to reprimand.
“Posters and photos of netas wielding the broom are all temporary solutions; the problem is people are used to people cleaning up after them and unless they are imposed a fine or shamed, nothing is going to change,” says Sat Pal who wakes up every morning to ensure tourist hubs look as pretty as they do in picture postcards and brochures.
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Ideas for an opinion essay
Littering in cities is an increasing problem which needs to be dealt with. Some people think that steeper fines is the best way to deal with the problem.
To what extent do you agree?
When you analyse a statement for an opinion essay, it is useful to ask yourself different questions regarding the topic. Think about the questions below and then decide your answer.
Questions for Analysis
- What is littering? AnswerDropping waste on the ground or in the streets rather than disposing of it correctly by putting it in the bin.
- Why do people litter?AnswerSome litter because they don’t care about the effects and some do it just for convenience.
- It is already an offence to throw litter in the streets so why do people continue to do it?AnswerMost people know it is wrong but they do it because they know they will not be caught.
- Would having a bigger fine stop them?AnswerIt is possible that a heavy fine might deter them but only if it is likely they will be caught and the fine imposed.
- Is having a bigger fine the best way to stop littering? AnswerIt’s one way to stop people but not everyone agrees that it is the best way.
- Are there other ways to stop littering? AnswerYes, one way is to put more bins in the streets so that people will use them rather than throw their litter on the floor. Educating children from a young age to dispose of their litter correctly is another way. Some people think that having more police on the streets would be a good deterrent because people will be less likely to attempt to litter the streets.
Now use your ideas and form them into an essay format. That means you should have two or three main ideas which are divided into two or three body paragraphs. After you have your essay ideas planned, check the model body paragraphs below. Can you write the introduction and conclusion for the model essay below?Model Body Paragraphs
Body Paragraph A: Having bigger fines is certainly one way to tackle the issue of littering. Increasing the fines will make people take littering more seriously. At present, many people litter the streets because they do not consider this to be a serious offence and for the convenience but by imposing a considerable penalty, people will think twice before they litter.
Body Paragraph B: However, the best way to deal with the problem of littering would be a long-term solution involving educating the younger generation. Littering is common due to the fact that many people are not fully aware of the environmental and health impacts that it has. By raising awareness and building a habit of disposing of waste correctly, this problem can be eradicated in coming generations.
Body Paragraph C: Finally, another possible solution would be to have more litter bins available to the public. The reason being that the majority of people littering the streets do so because there are no bins available to put their waste in and they do not wish to carry their rubbish with them until they find a bin. By having more bins available, it would not only be more convenient for people to dispose of their waste properly but it would also act as a reminder for them to do so.
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