River Flows Clean
The way in which Covid-19 has quarantined most social and economic activity, is being called the world’s largest scale experiment ever. When the quarantine protocols are lifted, data collected during this experiment should help build better societies and economies. One notable area in which new baselines of what is possible have emerged is the environment. Specifically, consider the lockdown report cards of India’s rivers. From Ganga to Cauvery parts of our major rivers have reported dramatic improvements in water quality, becoming ‘fit for drinking’ for the first time in decades.
The 34% reduction in faecal coliform reported from a Haridwar ghat in April may be on account of the paralysis of tourism, suggesting how appallingly human excreta are normally allowed to pollute the holy Ganga.
(Source: Editorial in TOI) more
In our country we (public) follow 'Chalta Hai' (its alright) concept. This is what our Governments have taught us and also teaching us as a continuous education. If you notice garbage cleaning on the road was in full swing when the President of United States visited. The same thing happened when the Chinese Premier visited Chennai last year. Today the same place is back to its past glory!!!! That's the commitment Governments have and here people (including me) are also to be blamed for their disregard to maintain public places clean.
Unfortunately lack of civic sense is more with the educated mass. Otherwise in this fight against Coronavirus, there is no need for a celebrity to appear on a television to teach us how to clean our hands.
People should make a resolve to keep the country clean and healthy. more