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Roads to perdition

Deepa Ramachandran, a techie, spits fire about whiners who wash their hands of our city



Deepa Ramachandran: `Everybody feels free to dirty the roads.' — Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.

"THERE ARE a couple of things I'm extremely hurt and bothered about. It is regarding the cleanliness and civic sense prevailing in Bangalore citizens. It is disgusting to see the roads and pavements so dirty. When you look around, you see many people spitting on the streets. They even spit from buses and others on the bikes have to enjoy these showers! Spitting out bubble gum is another menace. There are still many poor people who walk on the streets bare-footed.

"Another problem is people throwing chocolate and biscuit wrappers on the roads. I really wonder if they would do the same if the wrapper had read: "Please submit to the dealer and you will receive a wonderful gift!"

"Another common sight is parking ticket collectors throwing the coupons on the street. This is all just a matter of discipline.

Singapore? Hah!

"It is ever so simple for all of us to rave about the clean streets in Singapore and Germany. What we need is a small amount of self-discipline and resolve. If we pass on this message to one person every day, I am sure some change will happen! If we refrain from spitting in the rooms in our houses and can bother to go near the washbasin for it, I think the same can be done on the roads.

"What we need from the authorities are waste bins on every road. If this is done, we can go a long way in helping authorities in really making Bangalore a better place to live in.

"Road sense — two words that most of us don't know the meaning of! Imagine this: you wake up in the morning and leave home in a nice pleasant mood. 10 a.m.: you have reached office in the dirtiest mood possible after having reeled out many swear words. The culprit: the traffic (or at least so we say). But if we just stop a couple of minutes and think who is to blame, we would realise that it's just us.

"How many of us can say confidently we wait patiently at a signal without honking or crossing the yellow line? I get stuck on Hosur Road every day and see at least 30-odd vehicles cutting across the line and blocking the flow of traffic on the other side. And to make matters worse is the cop who just stands there doing nothing.

"I think we should have some receptors across the yellow line, which will beep hard as soon as someone crosses the line. I would even love it if it will puncture the tyre."

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