GMC’s ear-pulling exercise

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GMC’s ear-pulling exercise

Sidharth Bedi Varma | December 22, 2018 11:50 hrs

The Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) has finally taken an important, or rather a landmark decision of penalizing, if you’re caught littering the street. This decision of course has taken its own sweet time and while I don’t know why it took so long, it is definitely a welcome move.

If my expertise at “half-baked knowledge” is correct, the GMC will also employ flying squads to monitor this. Once again, commendable, but is it going to be followed through?

What I have always maintained is that the onus of keeping the city clean does not lie just with the municipality. Our publication, in its ultra-local work, has acquired content enough and beyond to substantiate that citizens have to be more responsible when it comes to having cleaner cities.

The GMC, as per Section 299 of the Guwahati Municipal Corporation Act of 1971, is going to penalize people if they do not throw garbage at “earmarked” areas. While the public did raise concerns about “earmarked areas” saying that there aren’t enough garbage or litter bins, it must also be mentioned that our people have not held back when it comes to hooliganism or vandalism. Broken dustbins, failure of responsibly throwing garbage are prime examples of citizen’s apathy.

In any case, for those questioning “earmarked areas,” I’m sure the GMC would gladly release a list for the public highlighting all the city dustbins with capacity as appropriate and then our WhatsApp frenzied citizens help circulate this and then, we can do a capacity test whether there are enough dustbins, or if we have mastered the art of complaining. 

Remember how in school the teacher would pull your ears for not doing you things right? Well, the GMC has clearly resorted to this because we’ve made very little contribution at being better students.

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