Monday, July 21, 2008

Deteriorating Sahyadris!

Route is the much travelled Mumbai - Pune rail road! Transport is the The 'Queen of the Deccan' or precisely the Deccan Queen. Site is the beautiful and pleasant Sahyadris.

The Deccan Queen (DQ) starts at about 7.15 am from Pune and reaches Lonavla by 8.20 - 8.30 am. The time when people need to feed their hungry tummies and break the fast carried during the night. The tea accompanies to get them started for the long day ahead!

And they are well served! Omelette's and Cutlets for the heavy eaters, Samosas and Sabudana wadas for the medium tummies and chips biscuits for the lighters ones!

All served in nice paper plates / Styrofoam cups / attractive plastic wrappings!

Ravenous appetites and train travel induced hunger makes people eat them as fast as possible and the whole aim then is to get rid of these carries. The plates, cups and wrappings! The easiest way is to throw them out!

No dustbins in the train, No moralities / ethics in people! So left with minimal choice, just throw them out! No one would want the useless items to linger around their berths!

And yes, next step is go for more food! Add more garbage! and just easily throw it out! From the windows towards the rustic valleys!

These areas area out of reach for garbage collectors! Rag pickers! (The city is so unclean, what to talk about garbage management in the hilly areas!)And after the feeding ritual is over, gaze at the beautiful valleys, the little streams, the tunnels, the fog and pay no heed to the garbage piling up!

Daily routine! Helpless people... Is there an option?

Why not just throw it below the berths which is cleaned at the stations? Why don't the daily travellers carry a plastic bag and collect the garbage and throw it at the station?

Its not that easy for one!

What an example are we setting for the children who tend to imitate their parents and think it is a game to throw things as far as possible!

I guess if they introduce Garbage throwing along with Shot Put and Javelin in the Olympics, Indians would definitely win! I would guess the team would entirely consist of the daily DQ travellers!

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