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Editor's spacE The Clean OppOrTuniTy Published by: Tokenism has become a gold standard across Highland Media Publishers Pvt. Ltd. India’s political firmament ever since the country Marketing and Sales Office: gained independence 67 years ago with netas 501, 5th Floor, Rudresh Commercial Premises, and minders of government, promising the hoi 19th Road, Chembur (East), Mumbai – 400 071. polloi the moon and everything beyond it – Tel: 022-25271902/03 before, during and after the elections. Ergo, it is easy to understand cynicism when Prime Minister Editor-in-Chief* Narendra Modi chose October 2 – Gandhi Jayanti Shrikant Rao: – to launch an all out assault on the Mt Everest of ever accumulating filth that the towns and cities of Bharat have today Editor: Panjami Anand become. Whatever the compulsions of the current leadership to pick up a very long overdue cause, it is a fact that the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan General Manager - Sales & Marketing has set rolling a cleanliness juggernaut that has very far reaching V Anand: implications for the country. Sr. Editorial & Sales Co-ordinator: Asif Padwekar What is remarkable is that the campaign looks to go beyond symbolism as India, the world’s biggest Squatter’s Colony, seeks to clear the mounting detritus of sanitary bad practices. These are practices Head Circulation & Subscription: Subhash Bhogale which are not necessarily of the citizen’s own volition, but more the outcome of governmental apathy. Successive governments – both at the State and the Centre – have failed to provide toilets and sanitary *Responsible for selection of news and content. facilities. 43 per cent of the toilets built in rural India are either missing All rights reserved. While all efforts are made to or defunct. There has even been a case where toilets supposedly built ensure that the information published is correct. under a government scheme existed only on paper. The outcome of this COnStruCtiOn OPPOrtunitiES holds no colossal neglect is that close to 600 million, or 48 per cent, of India’s responsibility for any unlikely errors that might occur. population defecates in the open. It is a shame that India which has just successfully sent a craft to orbit Mars has a sanitation record – in Printed and Published by Panjami Anand on behalf of terms of people defecating in the open – which beats Bangladesh, a Highland Media Publishers Pvt. Ltd., printed at country it liberated, by many million filthy miles. PC Print Control Pvt. Ltd. at 3-D, Thacker Industrial Estate, N.M. Joshi Marg, Lower Parel (E) Mumbai That chaos extends to other areas of the Indian sanitation universe. 400011 and published from 05-02, Mukand Iron The phenomenal absence of effective waste collection and disposal Staff Association Co-operative Housing Society Ltd., mechanisms, rivers and water bodies strewn with industrial pollutants Gavanpada, Mulund (East), Mumbai – 400081 and dead bodies, not to mention a national lack of adherence or Editor: Panjami Anand accountability to public cleanliness. The information on products and projects on offer Against that morbid background the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan comes is being provided for the reference of the readers. as a godsend. The fact that there is a deadline assigned for the However, readers are cautioned to make inquiries achievement of a totally clean nation, October 2, 2019, and there are and take decisions on purchase or investment after funds earmarked for that objective, is significant enough. It gives consulting experts on the subject. all the stakeholders – individuals, institutions, communities, NGOs, urban local bodies, corporates, environmentalists, manufacturers of COnStruCtiOn OPPOrtunitiES holds no cleantech products, and finally the government at the helm – a sense responsibility for any decision taken by readers on of purpose and urgency. the basis of information provided herein. All of this must be backed by the spread of awareness for a clean registered Office: environment. 05-02, Mukand Iron Staff Association Co-operative Housing Society Ltd., India must convert its growing islands of waste into an opportunity in Gavanpada, Mulund (East), Mumbai – 400 081. order to become a great nation with healthy socio economic indicators. That would be the best tribute the nation could pay the man everyone knows as the Mahatma. For digital edition log on to: Shrikant rao 4 construction opportunities|NOVEMBER 2014
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