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 flavor 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 an increase in the population of the city to great extent. As a result, the civic infrastructure has somehow had to be geared up to cope up with conditions, but as we all can see, it has been failing to do so.
The current occasion of the visit of the President of India along with other VIP’s such as the Governor, Chief Minister, Chief Justice’s etc, the city corporation and PWD is taking all efforts to clean and asphalt all the roads covering the potholes overnight. All main roads, not only were swept but washed thoroughly through corners and corners with the power water pumps. Dividers are been painted all the reflecting driving signs were cleaned. All the heaps of garbage lying around each corner of the roads were cleaned up in the best manner.
It so felt that this beautiful city took a “holy bath” after a 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 hotline of the city corporation for any complaints, they care to take the note of it for sure. but Why should this happen anyway? 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 corporators and the local area sanitary inspectors lack the basic interest in 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.