Lately the environment in most housing areas have seen an increase in randomly
strewn rubbish in the form of discarded plastic bottles, plastic bags and food
wrappers of shapes and sizes. Unkempt hedges and clogged drains add to the
general gloomy effect that is brought up by such neglect.
More often than not, rubbish bins get damaged due to the rough handling by the
rubbish removal contractors. It is easy to imagine that this behavior of the
workers is the same in all the other areas where they go. This is an
irresponsible way to handle public property. Such matters must immediately be
brought to the attention of the relevant authorities.
Maintaining the cleanliness of the environment is everybody's responsibility.
More often than not, it is irresponsible behavior that leads to the accumulation
of rubbish everywhere. If people were to be diligent about discarding bottles
and plastic bags in the rubbish bins provided, this problem would not arise. So,
it may be suggested that a re-education program be instituted by the Residents'
Association. This may take the form of letters to all the residents as well as
posters placed in strategic places like the office of the RA as well as near the
entrance to lifts.
Such efforts should coincide with a communal effort at
clearing up all the accumulated debris. Organizing a gotong royong for the
purpose not only clears away the rubbish, it is also a useful method for the
residents of a locality to become more familiar with each other and build up the
There must be a conscious awareness of the pest population in the locality. Rats
and cockroaches are the most rampant when given the chance. The presence of cats
in a neighborhood can work wonders to reduce the rat population. Pest control is
a serious matter that has to be reported to the correct authorities so that they
may send professionals who are trained to handle the poisons usually used to
An important factor in controlling mosquito-borne diseases like malaria and
dengue is preventive action. It must be ensured that there is no stagnation of
water where mosquitoes can breed. If the mosquito population is excessively
high, we can always call the authorities to conduct fogging activities.
A clean environment can only be achieved when we understand our civic
responsibility and do not behave in a manner detrimental to the upkeep of a
clean environment. It is not just the responsibility of the government to ensure
that the environment is always amenably clean. It is up to the citizens to take
up the responsibility to address issues when they are small than to wait for the
government to recognize when a problem has become large and then address it top