Canal Road connecting Bhandarkar Road and Agarkar Road – “Cleaning Pune”

The building I reside in, is located beside the canal road connecting Bhandarkar Road with Agarkar Road. The road condition is such that it is rarely used by vehicles and so it’s primarily meant for pedestrains.

Many years back, the canal road was a nice, green and clean place. But today it’s become a garbage dump. The corporation has ignored the road and so its become a garbage dump. The garbage in turn is disposed of by burning it and creating a horrible smog over the area.

As I cannot possibly keep a watch all day and stop people from using the road and the canal as a dump, the only feasible solution is to keep the road so clean that people hesitate before dumping any garbage. Could also put up boards that educate people.

Unfortunately dumping garbage in public places is so much a part of Indian psyche that even the educated and affluent lot rarely hesitate before they throw garbage at any place that does not belong to them. Absense of civic sense is perhaps India’s biggest problem.

Our leaders are very good at working up passions and causing trouble over stupid issues but when it comes to constructive work, no leader or political party ever uses its mass base to do good. Have you ever heard a mmber of parliament tell his supporters to not spit on the road or clean up his surroundings, educate his children…

That apart…So what I am planning, is to forget about the corporation fixing things and get down to doing them ourselves…

A cleanliness drive for the canal roads in Pune. If I manage to find more volunteers we can take up not just the bhandarkar road – agarkar road connection but even more. If not, I intend to atleast fix the bhandarkar road – agarkar road stretch.

We planted trees last year beside this same road, but all of them were pulled out for firewood by teams of women from the slums who desperately need wood for cooking.

Just goes to show how interlinked things are: The rich, educated or powerful can never have the surroundings they want unless they work for the illiterate, poor and helpless to get their rights. So essentially the trees I plant can survive only if the poor get cheap fuel to cook their meals.

Hmmmm….lots of mixed thoughts put into one blog entry. not the best way to write, but I guess blog’s are meant to be that way … random thoughts put down in the order in which they come up.

  • sanjeev kulkarni

    the thing clearly seen is
    that management of pune city is as good as gone from the hands of corporation.

    we can easily watch the no of roads in bad condition,drainange problems,uncleaned public urinals and better not to speak about the traffic congestion on almost all major roads.

    these are the v basic expectations.corporation knows only how to gain money from the citizens and builders.we should come together for some sort of rescue.

    and the ‘parisar sudharna samiti’ is doing a remarkable effort in this field ,atleast in model colony i know

  • sanjeev kulkarni

    the thing clearly seen is
    that management of pune city is as good as gone from the hands of corporation.

    we can easily watch the no of roads in bad condition,drainange problems,uncleaned public urinals and better not to speak about the traffic congestion on almost all major roads.

    these are the v basic expectations.corporation knows only how to gain money from the citizens and builders.we should come together for some sort of rescue.

    and the ‘parisar sudharna samiti’ is doing a remarkable effort in this field ,atleast in model colony i know

  • kshitija kulkarni

    hi.
    i , along with some of the like minded students from various colleges have decided to come together and have a cleanliness drive in pune. we would like to get more members for our drive. Harshad, can u please mail me the details about whatever is going on in ur mind about the drive which u have proposed…
    regards,
    kshitija

  • kshitija kulkarni

    hi.
    i , along with some of the like minded students from various colleges have decided to come together and have a cleanliness drive in pune. we would like to get more members for our drive. Harshad, can u please mail me the details about whatever is going on in ur mind about the drive which u have proposed…
    regards,
    kshitija

  • Pushkaraj

    hi I am also interested in the clean pune initative. Can you please contact me? my email id is pushkaraj2020@yahoo.co.in Waiting for your reply because this is something I have been looking for!

  • Pushkaraj

    hi I am also interested in the clean pune initative. Can you please contact me? my email id is pushkaraj2020@yahoo.co.in Waiting for your reply because this is something I have been looking for!

  • rohan kerkar

    hey, harshad i think ur work has been impressive nd i m also from the group which kshitija kulkarni talked about….we hope u give s some guidance in the cleanliness drive we will be taking in our city
    please mail me if possible and suggest some important places in pune which need a cleanliness drive and also in which our work would be sustainable for a longer period of time!!!!

  • rohan kerkar

    hey, harshad i think ur work has been impressive nd i m also from the group which kshitija kulkarni talked about….we hope u give s some guidance in the cleanliness drive we will be taking in our city
    please mail me if possible and suggest some important places in pune which need a cleanliness drive and also in which our work would be sustainable for a longer period of time!!!!