Cleanliness drive


I saw a banner at Shahrah – e – Faisal advertising a cleanliness drive, and urging citizens that the drive would not be successful without their help. Finally, the government got something right – the number of people I’ve seen spitting pan on the roads, throwing litter with some sadistic glee on the pavements and more is bewildering at times. However, I’ve now got a killer argument when I see someone littering – I politely ask them if they would do the same at home. Works everytime.

6 Comments so far

  1. hafsa (unregistered) on October 5th, 2005 @ 12:32 am

    that’s a start :)

  2. Zag (unregistered) on October 5th, 2005 @ 12:08 pm

    After hearing about the cleaning drives or Hafta-e-safai as they were called before, i am a bit skeptic about how effective it’ll be this time.

  3. Erum (unregistered) on October 5th, 2005 @ 1:58 pm

    well .. just to add to Huma’s comments, there should be waste bins installed everywhere in the city, and people should be encouraged to use them! of course it’ll take time for them to get used to it, but there has to be a start atleast. People have got no place to throw the wrappers, bags etc while they’re on the road. That’s why they take it as their right to just throw stuff anywhere .. thanks to the illitercy rate of our country.

    And if nothing works, then the govt should go for some drastic measures, like imposing a fine on littering. For instance, in Singapore, a carelessly thrown tissue could result in a $1,000 fine for first offenders, and up to $2,000 fine and a stint of corrective work order cleaning a public place for repeat offenders. Its enough of a humiliation for someone to quit the habit of littering and paan spitting etc.

    Wish I was a part of the sindh govt.

  4. Erum (unregistered) on October 5th, 2005 @ 2:32 pm

    Just a correction to my post above, the maximum fine for repeat offenders is now S$5000, more than double the previous fine.. plus a counselling session.

  5. Khurram Farooq (unregistered) on October 5th, 2005 @ 5:04 pm

    Just a comment to the post above… THANK GOD I DON’T LIVE IN SINGAPORE! :P But come to think of it, I am in Dubai right now, and there is a 500 AED fine for littering and I haven’t been caught yet. Was in Singapore last month, and wasn’t caught there also ;)

  6. Zag (unregistered) on October 5th, 2005 @ 5:32 pm

    actually in some localities the trashcans were installed and people used em. but after sometime, the people supposed to empty the cans stopped doing it, so that plan went down the drain.

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