Now that the city has bid goodbye to Ganpati and the excitement from 10 days of celebration is ebbing away, it is time to take a good, hard look at the city and utter two words —clean up.
Huge mandals now must show a sense of responsibility. They need to clean up the place, after bringing down the bamboos used for the pandals that had been built for the festival. One can see that the bamboos have been pushed into the ground in order to build the pandals. There are also several ‘viewing’ galleries all over the city, where bambooos have ben erected to make viewing platforms for the various pandals.
Some pavements have holes dug in them in order to accommodate the poles needed for the mandals. There are some loose, broken, and uprooted paver blocks at some sites. Now, somebody has to clean up the banners, the garbage and put the pavement back into shape again. Organisers have to get into the act now and clean up the site, the banners, the garbage and if damaged, restore the pavement back to the way it was. It is no use putting the blame of civic authorities or passing the buck, waiting for ‘somebody’ to do the cleaning up.
It would actually make sense if big mandals, actually have a post-virsarjan clean up committee designated before the festival itself, which would be responsible for getting things back in order post visarjan. In that way, one could avoid the routine, I am not responsible, I do not know who is, which inevitably follows a large celebration.
While the footpaths may need repair, it is also not enough to descend on beaches, post Ganpati visarjan several politicians do, hoping to get the media cameras flashing. Let organizers and authorities work in tandem to repair where it is needed and clean up quickly with the same fervour post-Visarjan, as they displayed pre-Ganpati. Like that cliché says: cleanliness is next to Godliness.