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Cleanliness in slogans only: Lack of dustbins at Delhi metro stations
It's been over two years now that the government launched one of its most ambitious projects 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' on October 2, 2014. The campaign was an effort towards promoting and practicing cleanliness activities throughout the country.

It received immense support from the people and had many celebrities volunteering for the cause, but then onwards barring a few improvements, the whole scenario hasn't had a very large impact in the larger scheme of things.

Taking the example of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), which is undoubtedly one of the cleanest public places in the country be it the stations or the metro trains. The stations are filled with boards and banners urging people to help keep the metro clean, which seems to serve the purpose right as a lot of people are now aware of the campaign thanks to the countless ads and celebrity endorsements.

But the one thing which you may find strange at your nearest metro station is the fact that while you may find a number of Swachh Bharat boards you'll hardly find a dustbin which feels odd keeping in mind that we are urging people to keep the metros clean, but aren't providing them with the means to do it.

It may be argued that you are not allowed to carry eatables inside the metro premises so that eliminates the chances of waste but still there can be paper waste or there can be people carrying food wrappers from outside. Even at the busiest and biggest metro station such as Rajiv Chowk, New Delhi, and Central Secretariat, you'll struggle to find a dustbin if you need to dump something.

The metro station near my house i.e. Guru Dronacharya metro station has at least a dozen of boards with signs telling people to keep the metro clean but no dustbins at all. Wouldn't it be more effective if we installed a dustbin instead of those flashy boards? I mean if the DMRC can afford so many posters they can surely afford a trash bin.

So, while the posters, the boards and the endorsements may seem all flashy and encouraging but they don't get the real work done. The people though aware of the right things to do will not be able to fulfill their duties unless the government also takes initiatives of providing them with the means.

So, if we just give up on all the extravaganza and focus more on the ground work maybe then we will be able to achieve the goal of the campaign of a clean India by the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

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