● The garbage collection system of Salt Lake needs to be upgraded. As is the standard practice in developed nations, we must segregate garbage at the point of origin into biodegradable items like vegetable peelings and leftover food and recyclable items like glass, paper etc.
Low-cost technology is available to convert biodegradable waste to organic manure, which would further generate revenue and employment. Moreover proper handling of biodegradable waste would prevent the stench and eye sore that our open vats offer now.
The recyclable items too can be further segregated, processed or handed over to scrap dealers.
While the above suggestions can only be implemented by the authorities, residents too need to sit up. Despite a door-to-door garbage collection system, they throw garbage on the streets in front of their houses or in vacant plots. This needs to be curbed, through awareness programmes and by punishing offenders.
All this can be done at no extra cost. Only residents need to be educated and the municipality needs to take the initiative.
● I’m surprised at the apathy and indifference of civic authorities to remove hawkers from our pavements. The GD Park area, particularly around the homeopathy hospital there, is dotted with all sorts of stalls.
Not only does this spoil the look of the area, but pedestrians are also forced to walk on the carriageway risking their lives before speeding buses and cars. The hospital has a canteen to cater to people accompanying the patients. These hawkers are still allowed to flourish.
I believe recent episodes of dengue and petty crimes are linked to these establishments. The stall keepers store stagnant water, harbouring mosquitoes, and snatchers lurk in such places waiting to pounce on unsuspecting people walking by. When will the authorities wake up?