One in every 5 humans that inhabits planet earth dumps his/her garbage in India.
GARBAGE = FILTH = DISEASE
Hence, one would expect an organized and efficient system of garbage collection/disposal to be a fundamental condition of nation management. However, garbage has a whole different story in India. And here it is in pictures.
At first glance it seems that there is no special place for garbage in India! There is garbage everywhere.
It is dumped under trees like this
Empty cartons and plates from the million food vendors that one sees everywhere in India, are piled on the pavements like this
Some of it is very dangerous, like this broken glass in the middle of a pavement
Some of it very offensive, like this broken toilet discarded in the middle of another pavement
Some of it creates breeding grounds for waterborne diseases like malaria, like this giant bath-tub just left in the middle of a road
But then there is a surprise revelation. There’s an indication that the public actually wants public garbage cans to use.
They are using the wire caging around the city trees as garbage cans like this
So why doesn’t the government put up garbage cans?
Actually it does. They look like little ‘huts’ like the one below with a sign on top that reads ‘USE ME’ [Note this is not an advertisement for Kinley]
Inside each garbage ‘hut’ is a bin which the garbage collector is supposed to empty out every day. Which they often don’t. So the garbage overflows and sometimes people pull the bin out of the hut and continue plying it with garbage like this
However, a more dire fate of the garbage hut is — it begins to disappear!
It’s made of metal and cemented solidly into the ground, so it can’t walk off or be uprooted. But the garbage ‘hut’ – its body and container start disappearing one by one. So in places you have just a skeletal frame with nothing to throw your garbage into like this below
Sometimes people use the frame for storage, like the fruit vendor in this photo uses it to stash his fruit basket while he works
But gradually even the frame disappears, till you are left with only the stumps!!!
Where are India’s garbage cans disappearing?
They are going into someone’s pocket who sells them for scrap metal. There’s a lot of money in scrap metal. Recently, the wife of a Member of the Legislative Assembly was caught for selling scrap metal! In fact scrap metal is a multi-billion dollar global industry today, with India and China as its biggest buyers.
Corruption sure is filthy, but in India filth also breeds corruption!