On the day of Diwali, while I headed for the Ice Skating rink of Shimla through the Tibetan Refugee market enjoying the colorful scene at the market, I felt utterly sorry for these two souls. However, I realized that our sympathies are worthless unless we could help these unfortunate victims of poverty.
Ground Reality of the Clean, Green, and Smart-City Shimla
Although, Shimla City is clean and green in papers for the district administration, ugliness of ground reality is increasing with each day. Over-construction comes with another curse – construction waste. This curse has been haunting the city for past many years, but authorities are rarely heard taking any measures to prevent it.
For instance, the spot shown in the picture lies exactly between two recently installed Solar-Powered CCTV cameras and two warning boards of the Forest Department (Shimla Division) at Lalpani on Shimla-Dhalli bypass. Despite it, someone dumped large heap of construction waste on the night of April 1. The dump has covered almost half of the road width, and is hampering traffic flow. At night, it could easily lead to accidents. On April 3, it remains where it was dumped.
Where is administration?
What’s the use of CCTVs and warning boards when there is human surveillance from the administration?
It’s a fatal mistake to ignore environmental degradation that comes with dire consequences.
Wake Up, Speak Up, and Save Shimla
Teaching kids to be safe!
Kids are vulnerable to fall victim to strangers they come across every day, everywhere, at the parks, neighborhoods, even at schools. Not all strangers are threat, but not all of them are nice and normal people. Parents can protect their children from such strangers by teaching them to avoid strangers or report suspicious behavior of anyone around them.
What do you think?
How changing names would help Himachal?
Vishwa Hindu Parishad has reportedly asked Governor Acharya Devvrat to consider changing the names of historical places linked with the British colonial legacy, and discuss the issue with the state the Centre Govt.
Do you think that there is any valid reason to change the names here? Is it enough reason to change names because these names are reminders of British colonial legacy? Why shimla’s water shortage, roads, air pollution, recent jaundice outbreak, corruption etc. aren’t in the priority list of issues or demands here?