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Mumbai should do something about its filth: London mayor, Boris Johnson


Should we keep increasing the garbage, waste and filth we generate – and pay more to pollute more.

Is this what we want Mumbai to become? A garbage producing leader!  |  Garbage city cartoon by Norbert Niessen on May 08, 2011 ; source & courtesy - toonpool.com

Is this what we want Mumbai to become? A garbage producing leader! | Garbage city cartoon by Norbert Niessen on May 08, 2011 ; source & courtesy – toonpool.com

Mumbai should do something about its garbage and filth.

“While it may look inappropriate for me to be saying this, Mumbai should do something about the filth and squalour around,” said mayor of London Boris Johnson. He was speaking to DNA on the sidelines of an interaction organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

via Mumbai should do something about its filth: London mayor – India – DNA.

I actually agree with Boris Johnson. Mumbai should do something about its garbage and filth.

Reduce it.

We cannot keep increasing the garbage, waste and filth we generate – and pay more to pollute more. Should Mumbai and other Indian cities work to create the another island of plastic waste that now floats in the Pacific and the Atlantic. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch – a few times the size of India, and some studies claim 20 metres deep.

Sometime back, carcass parts were found in Cairo garbage bins - a public-safety hazard  |  Cartoon source & courtesy - ahram.org

Sometime back, carcass parts were found in Cairo garbage bins – a public-safety hazard | Cartoon source & courtesy – ahram.org

Or a situation like Cairo, when animal carcass parts were found in garbage bins – a public-safety issue.

The Indian State increasingly a captive of Big Business, cannot think small. It is very possible to have methane-from-organic-waste; waste water recycling in Mumbai, with its super-dense population. Unlike Delhi, which is widely spread.

We cannot have the ‘modern’ model of urban cleanliness. And till we find a better model, we better tolerate and live with the garbage and filth we generate.


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  1. December 13, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    What do we get from a ECONOMIC Brothels of India?

    Anurag.. you had repeatedly mentioned about Bharat Tantra.. But you have failed to decode our ancient texts, which strictly lay down how a nagara should be built and how a grama should be built..

    Unfortunately, for today’s intellectuals, mohenjadaro is equal to modern metros.. Nagara is Same as Modern Cities.. They dont understand the fundamental differences b/w the two.. That Nagara and Grama are part of civilization.. whereas Metros and Cities, created by west are ECONOMIC Brothels of India, with no restriction, and no ownership.. Anyone can **** any other and any where and in any way he wants..

  2. SB
    December 16, 2012 at 1:51 am

    Anuraag: I agree with your comments on the importance of waste management. However, it is simply pathetic how Mayor Boris rubbishes India and simultaneously encourages Indian talent to migrate to the U.K. (in the DNA article you referenced). Similarly, a recent U.S.-based survey conducted by a travel/tourism website (that received attention in Indian electronic press) ranked Mumbai as the world’s dirtiest city. Waste management is critical for health, quality of life, etc., but criticism from foreign countries who cannot effectively deal with their own messes, and who also seek to mine Indian talents/skills for their own use is simply laughable.

  3. December 16, 2012 at 2:11 am

    I wish someone had pointed this out to Boris Johnson in Mumbai – while he was shooting his mouth off.

    As for his trying to attract Indian talent:

    1. I am all for Indian expats who want to take advantage of the difference in labour rates between the West & India. Go for it.

    2. To all those, who have endless admiration of the West, please go. And forget about us. We are like that only. Dont come back to try and ‘save’ us.

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