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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

That's right, blame it on the bags

So has the Maharashtra government figured out the many complex causes behind how ill-prepared Mumbai was for the July 26 Cloudburst? Yes. It's the bags that did 'em. Mid Day quotes Vilasrao Deshmukh, the chief minister, as saying:
Mumbai alone suffered losses of around Rs 4,000 crore, including damage to property, in the recent floods due to choking of drains because of plastic bags, which also had its effect on public health.
The Maharashtra government has decided to ban plastic bags, which I have no complaints with. But I worry that the authorities will carry out a few such minor measures, and will absolve themselves of all other responsibility -- until the next disaster.

4 Comments:

Blogger __nitinsen said...

I also totally agree with the plast bags ban. Such measures are already taking place in other cities around the world, and it is a good sign if Mumbai also moves in this 'Eco-friendly' direction. Why do we need plastic bags anyway? These things take over 1000 years to biodegrade, they are an ecological nightmare! What is wrong with people having a few cloth bags in the house for use when you go shopping? Again, I agree with Amit where the issue of the authorities absolving themselves of all other responsibilities. Sort-term measures are fine...but a Financial capital such as Mumbai, needs some solid long-term solutions, which unfortunately require a lot of money...but are necessary!

Wed Aug 31, 06:45:00 AM GMT-7  
Blogger Amit said...

Having an eco-friendly Mumbai is a good idea, but then look at the bigger picture - the politicians were successful in diverting your attention to plastic and absolving themselves from their responsibilties.
3 months after the Mumbai floods, and I don't see any action being taken. You can check out my blog on the current state of the now famous Mithi River at Mithi River: Man-made Nallah. I have the recent photos of the so-called river on the blog. Do check it out. Everything seems to be falling on deaf ears, but I am just writing this to make people aware of how they are being cheated by the politicians. I hope that people would be literate enough to understand and vote against these ugly politicians.

Mon Nov 14, 06:18:00 AM GMT-8  
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