Indian Railway Vs Clean India Campaign
This is a no blame game post and we know our India indeed is Great, so don’t take it “Personal or Political or don’t compare it with Religion or Propaganda Stunt.
First we thought it was a big mistake by cancelling our about 3 hour’s flight from Bangalore to Dharamsala Airport and board an Express Train of Indian Railway. On single day we’d have touched Dev Bhumi had we not cancelled our direct flight (with one stop at Mumbai).
But then as they say sometime you can gain something by loosing something. So here is our 3rd but first enlightened experience of travelling with Indian Railway.
Though we have “Practically” been contributing with the Slogan “Keep Your City Clean”, but with the shout out of Indian Prime Minister we thought around 99.99% fellow Indians will also act practically, rather than just for “Selfie” Clean Up (though we agree and believe there are some fellows who do act practically)
By default Indian Railway should have their own garbage collection system from every coach, irrespective of AC to Sleeper to Unreserved, so that they can dispose off the trash at particular stop for proper disposal!
But what generally happens is that every single passenger toss off everything from the window and doors be it Plastic wafers or paper cups.
We kept our part of trash on separate plastic bag, still were helpless. But what more surprising was and which totally blew off the shout out of honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi was from Pune Junction.
At Pune, we boarded another Express and this time were accompanied by a group of Engineering Students guided by their teachers…they were on trip to Shimla, Kullu, Manali and The Golden Temple of Amritsar.
We hoped at least they will support Clean India Campaign…but ;(( again it was like everyone doing. As like everyone they too had flashy gadgets but were like…!! Again no bad feelings! Even when some cleaner cleaned the coach, it was again trashed the very moment it was cleaned!
What was more contradicting that they even made fun of us for keeping our garbage on separate bag…and said something about PM (The Right to Speech)!!
The more we saw outside of the train coach window, we felt as if were in hell….and as we neared Agra…cold air pierced up to our bones…but that was nothing, against what we witnessed a head.
Agra, we saw people with bottle in hand and sitting out in open (wherever they could find the spot) to respond natures-call! The shout out Clean India, Digital India and Incredible India simply vaporized in Thin Air!!
We discussed why Indian Govt has added Swachh Bharat Cess! Now we were within the vicinity of New Delhi and hoped at least this stretch up to Railway Station would be somewhat clean…but no…rather we saw heaps or say small hills of trash with people residing very nearby!
The only spot where we had a sigh of relief was the small area of bus stop of railway station and ISBT Kashmiri Gate (may be because it was recently renovated)!
This was a reality of our Clean India and Swaccch Bharat Campaign (no word is made up, but is put up as it was experienced)! Our not only of India but World-Wide rating hungry media (similar to movies like “15 Minutes” and “NightCrawler”) show only neat clean area, where so called VIP’s stand with a broom in hands and posing in front of camera for popularity and to “Selfie” and to impress!
Even our own Himachal Pradesh, Dev Bhumi is getting buried in heap of Garbage! On our last Kareri Lake trail clean up, our volunteers witnessed a huge dump of Campers trash again contributed our Indian tourists!
We again apologize to whoever felt hurt or took it personal, while it is not targeted to any!