Taking care of public property

Our people lack civic sense. Our people are careless, and heartless, too. Our people are irresponsible. We do not know how to take ownership of our shared wealth and spaces. And we are a lot pitifully ungrateful, venal and vastly vainglorious. We are, all in all, by much poorer for noble and more rarefied adjectives that indeed should define us.

Our gutters, roadsides and alleyways speak woefully of our carelessness and unthinking behaviours. Waste of kinds and kinds fill our drains. The choking conduits burst to unheroic fountain every time we get a little rain. Our parks, they are no better. Visitors leave behind their waste even as there are bins placed at the corners of the parks.

And the flowerbeds in the city. People just walk casually where flowers are growing. The trees panted by the roadsides get uprooted, chopped off or broken. Just recently, some miscreants had broken and uprooted the saplings planted along the road to Zilikha. In parts of Chanzamtog too, healthy saplings have been made a mess.

It is hard to understand why our people do this. What do they get out of it?

But then, it is clear that our people lack intellectual greenery which is why they cannot appreciate the idea of social greenery. Even awareness and education do not seem to help. How do we hold anyone accountable for such pitiful acts of violence and disruption? It is pathetic that people should make light of and not respect the effort that others put in to make our society a little cleaner, a little greener.

It is good news that the thromde is now planning to set up CCTV along the roads and in parts of the city. Work of setting up the cameras has already begun along the main roads of the city. This will greatly help us identify the people who go on destroying public property mindlessly.

As members of a community, it is incumbent on all of us need to take ownership of our shared wealth and spaces. Destruction of public property is a crime. And those found committing them should be punished.

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  1. irfan
    irfan says:

    So many of us has this habit of standing in front of the mirror every morning as we wake up. May be we all want to ensure that our body, health and mind are in perfect shape. The body can be seen, the health can be examined and the mind can be felt and actually; it’s a true mix of all that can be seen, felt and examined.

    Hope that it would have been possible to show our surroundings and neighbourhoods a mirror where we all could have easily shown our public actions or behaviours in public. Probably we take our surroundings for granted well before we consider to take our own acts for granted when it comes to looking after public properties.

    Installing CCTV cameras will serve so many purposes in a single shot. But it doesn’t mean that tomorrow we all learn to dodge the cameras with our smartness. That only defeats the mirrors that show us our true faces. When one prefers to park his car in a safe area, another may install a CCTV camera right inside his car where footages get recorded remotely. Things change only when we change for the good reasons and that can be developed only as a habit.

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