God's Own Waste: March 2012

Sunday, March 25, 2012 by: Arun Mathew

The warriors on Trivandrum's wiki pages will never talk about the city's non-existent but superior waste-management system. However, they might try writing about poor waste-management in the neighboring commercial city of Kochi. Many such people (who never look in their own backyard before looking into those of others) live in the capital city of God's Own Country. When such people rule your city, state or country, how do you expect anything to change? First, look at your own and try to change something, then move on to that of your neighbors'?

A year and a half back, we had seen this

Well, as expected, things just got worse. The
Vilappilsala solid waste-treatment plant on the outskirts of Trivandrum has faced closure and the increasing number of agitations from the local populace means it might never open again. Waste-disposal has become increasingly difficult. If you carry a camera with you, you could probably drive around town all day clicking pictures of ordinary citizens like you and me throwing waste off their bikes and cars in full public view. 

The following picture was clicked while I was getting back home one night. Someone had just thrown out a huge bag of what looks like waste from a slaughter house. 24 hours later, it lay in the same spot!