Saturday, May 21, 2005

Clean to keep clean

Why are certain places in India dirty and certain places clean? I believe it is the example cited in the book "Tipping point" principle at work.

Places which are kept clean will not be dirtied, which is why the swanky malls are usually sparkling clean. Looking at the way of these malls, the way to keep a clean place from becoming dirty is to make it look for starters and then relentlessly keep it clean. Where there is a visible janitor(s), people tend to not dirty the place. Of course, there need to be lots of trash cans around the place where ever there would be a throwing instinct. For malls, with their roving cameras, they can do many more innovative things (I need not give ideas).

New Bombays (Navi Mumbai) railway stations (Vashi, Sanpada, Nerul, Belapur of the older lot and Airoli,)are a lot cleaner than the other suburban railway stations, despite the same people who travel on the line. Apart from swanky architecture, they fulfil most of the above criteria (except cameras). The only difference between our airports and bus stations is the cleanliness (it is not upto the standards of other international airports though). Once cleanliness is continuously maintained, at a particular point, people will no longer dirty it.

So, when will India be a clean country? We need to start street by street, campaign, educate and clean up our localities ourselves since an army of sweepers cannot be hired. Perhaps using machines to clean localities, owned by a societies network would be far more effective than our muni corps (many of them are actually quite decent, except that they subscribe to a more luddite mentality).

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Its also the mentality of people which would need to change if you really want a clean city.