People celebrate World Environment Day in Jaipur in many ways. A few of these are tree plantations, forwarding environment conservation messages on social media, cleanliness drives, talk shows by conservators, and car rallies to spread environmental awareness to name a few. Are these activities creating any impact and change? Sadly, NO! The fact is humans are bound by habits. We don’t like altering our lifestyle which results in discomfort. A critical question is what are we accomplishing at our personal level for the environment?
Environmental Issues in Jaipur
Let me highlight some of the environmental issues people are facing in Jaipur.
Garbage On Nahargarh Fort Road
I captured this picture on a road that leads to the Nahargarh Fort. This 6 Km road is Jaipur’s biggest “Open Air Bar”.
Residents love driving to the fort with friends & enjoy drinks with awesome city views from Nahargarh Hills. This is what draws people to Nahargarh hills
While everyone is free to enjoy in their own ways, throwing trash by way of empty bottles, wrappers, and plastic glasses is not a sign of a sane person. One can find humongous trash lying on either side of Nahargarh Fort road. The leftover of “Good Times”? Let’s ask ourselves if we will ever do this in our home?
2. Trash On Heritage walking Route in Jaipur
I clicked this picture at the Heritage walkway in the walled city area of Jaipur. It is enough to put all citizens of Jaipur to embarrassment!
Witnessing filth strewn around is a shame. Local residents throw garbage on the street for the sweepers to settle the same. Till the time streets are cleaned, litter sits on the street. People are only concerned with keeping their residences clean. Neighborhood? It’s not their problem. This reminds me of a video I saw many months ago. A gentleman in Mumbai got infuriated with people throwing trash out of their cars on the roads. To teach them a lesson, he picked up trash thrown by these insensitive people and chased them. He unloaded it all back in their car! Not a bad idea!
3. Jal Mahal, Jaipur
These pictures are from Mansagar lake or Jal Mahal, a notable tourist attraction in Jaipur. It is popular among tourists by the name of the “water palace”. Here is a picture of Jal Mahal along with Mansagar Lake.
The Mansagar Lake surrounding the Jal Mahal is home to various species of fish, birds & turtles. Many people throw bread, biscuit, etc in the lake to feed fish unaware that their action is causing damage to its delicate ecology. You can refer to the entire story here in this write-up posted earlier. The newspaper reported recently on fish dying because of water pollution.
4. Cutting of Trees in Aravali Hills
Illegal cutting of trees is common in the forest surrounding Jaipur. Cutting trees in forest areas is a punishable offense; an illegal activity. The activity continues unhindered due to the lack of presence of forest guards.
I’m sure the forest department is aware of this problem as highlighted in my previous post about having interaction with a forest guard Girdhari. The Forest departments cannot be blamed solely, they do have their own issues and limitations People cut trees to use the wood to use it as cooking fuel.
Yes, we need to plant more trees, bring down pollution levels, and so on. Can we at least improve upon the environment & things around us? Make a small change rather than participating in press conferences, talk shows, rallies, etc. which makes no difference? More action and fewer talks! Let’s begin at our own level!
You can read more write on conservation here.