Toilets without water or water without toilets?

After attracting paparazzo’s to take photographs of the politicians with broom sticks in hands, pretending to sweep the town in the energetic Swatch Bharat mission few months ago, another cleanliness drive ‘Clean Darjeeling, Green Darjeeling’ is initiated in the Darjeeling hills. Wow!

Politicians were already above the fold in newspapers available in this region but what’s the point?

And development was what we all cried for, isn’t it? Now 53,000 toilets will be constructed in Darjeeling district and we’ve probably applauded in Chief Minister’s declaration in D-Town like fools.

But, there is a question which nobody wants to answer. In case you know, tell me is there enough water to flush the eliminated wastes in the yet-to-construct-toilets?

Development does not always mean ‘constructions’ solving the basic requirements of people is development.

Last landslide destroyed many properties and some people of the outskirts are still not rehabilitated, but here, a mission had to be stood, a clean-green mission. Yes, we need toilets but we need water first, else the condition of the newly constructed restrooms will be like the public-toilets seen in town.

A friendly suggestion that would not deflect the clean mission is, ‘the cleanliness of the existing public toilets of Kalimpong.’ My point is, if staffs are assigned there to take money from people who drop in to urinate, they should also have someone to clean the washroom, or don’t charge money if it’s not meant to be clean. (I am not against anyone constructing 53,000 toilets for the poor, by the way!)

But in a broader sense, why do we keep pestering the administrations when we don’t have a clean mind? If we had, the doors of the public toilets would never be filled with uncouth doodles. (I being a reporter mislay my pen frequently but I salute those people who make a point to carry pens in public toilets, seriously!)

And if missions like ‘Swatch Bharat Abhiyan’ restrain impractically just in newspapers, where can clean-green mission head to?

Getting back to 53,000 toilets once again, I’m afraid, which water connections will be reached to their ends? I am not aware of the suburbs of Kalimpong but here in town, I have recorded criticisms banging on PHE’s head when it comes to water.

And the same criticisms shoved by the apolitical organizations to PHE for providing no water or muddy water (in some cases) are the mainstream conversations heard in town lately.

So, meanwhile I research more on the water and 53,000 toilets, just decide what do you want? Toilets without water? Or water without toilets? Or just water?


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