by Sanjay Deshpande
Belagavi is a popular place to hang out for a day or two for many frequent visitors, especially from Goa, Pune and Mumbai. Compared to the metros, it’s a tiny city, but with a flavour of mixed culture now.
The resident industrialists in 50’s and 60’s dreamt about making this an industrial city, but somehow, presently this place has become a great educational hub.
Many newly sprung colleges catering various courses has led to increase in the population of the city to great extent. As a result, the civic infrastructure has some how had to be geared up to cope up with conditions, but as we all can see, it has been failing to do so.
Yhe occasion of assembly session, city corporation took all efforts to clean and asphalt all the roads covering the pot holes overnight. All main roads, not only were swept, but washed thoroughly through corners and corners with the power water pumps. Dividers were painted. all the reflecting driving signs were cleaned. All the heaps of garbage lying around each corners of the roads were cleaned up in a best manner. It so felt that this beautiful city took a “holy bath” after long long time! The point is, Why all this? only because of the VIPs are visiting the town? Isn’t it the duty of the city corporation to maintain such cleanliness all the year round?
The citizens don’t need cleanliness but only politicians need?
I am aware, that corporation takes all the actions immediately after making a complaint. If we call the hot line of the city corporation for any complaints, they care to take the note of it for sure. but Why should this happen any way? Why should the system give a chance to complain?
It has a become a habit of the governance on every level, that it won’t act unless you complain. The local newly elected corporators and the local area sanitary inspectors lack the basic interest about cleanliness. Someone has to energize all these people with the spirit that NOT only my house, but this whole city belongs to me, and we all must keep it clean all the time!
Sanjay Deshpande is a noted and versatile sitar player who is known for presenting a variety of music forms on his Sanjaykhani Sitar.