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Clean-up call.

It appears that Manama, which until a decade ago was rightly the most clean of places, has become dirty.

As the perks of councillors and salaries of concerned government staff are regularly increasing, their practical delivery to the community seems to be decreasing.

I have taken a long round avoiding blocks like 302 to reach the main commercial old suq.

Until recently, after some six months, I had to pass through Sa Sa Avenue in Block 302, commonly known as the Bengali vegetable market. It was unbearable to pass through it, with overflowing gutters and unbearable odours causing vomiting.

With no alternative, I had to put my feet in the flowing fluid and walk. Walking some distance, when it became unbearable, I turned to Road 237, hoping it might be less dirty, but it was more overflowing with sewerage.

From here, I turned to Road 242, but with the same fate. About four dozen vegetable and fruit vendors were sitting in the flowing fluid.

On my return, I opted the road leading to the Toyota showroom in Block 302, assuming it was safe, but it too had become the victim of the criminal negligence towards duty.

Much of Manama today is in the same condition. Everything has a limit.

I can without any hesitation say this is due to most of Manama Municipality staff joining the anti-state show.

Leaders have repeatedly shown resolve to improve conditions for the masses, but in this area, the situation is getting worse.

There is one remedy. Directives, right from the under-secretary down to directors, assistant directors, area inspectors and councillors once a week.

Field inspectors should also once a week buy fruit and vegetables from this these vendors to know about the situation.

Kausar, Bar Bar

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Date:Jun 11, 2012
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