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Mobile Begging Courts

P1010022 Mumbai Seeing is believing, and indeed in the crowded streets leaving Delhi there were less beggars, where usually cars and auto rickshaws would be swarmed.  I had heard something was afoot in preparation for the Commonwealth Games to be held in Delhi in 2010, and that beggars were on a short list for removal.

It seems “anti-beggary” laws had been enacted for this purpose and a huge drive was going on.  I’m always skeptical of such drives, remembering all too well how our efforts at “tagging” on the streets to support organizing campaigns were often prosecuted under similar anti-begging laws in the United States.  One of our organizers was even convicted of begging in Denver several decades ago!  Mostly in the USA these ordinances turn on traffic safety issues, and in Delhi given the chaos in the streets that would be a hard sell.

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Waterless Urinals

Waterless_UrinalDelhi This article in The Times of India about the planning and preparations for the Commonwealth Games in 2010 is too good not to share.  It has everything.  It reminds me of that David Alan Cole number about the perfect country-and-western song.  This is just about the perfect Indian article capturing in a vivid way part of the very special culture as well as the confusion and contradiction between public and private roles:  city built latrines for the public that will pay off from the private sector and eliminate smells to boot!

Civic body plans to build 1,000 waterless urinals

New Delhi       The MCD plans to upgrade 1000 public urinals to ‘waterless urinals’ in view of the Games.  Two lakh litres of water will be saved by using the technology which will also take care of the problem of foul smell.  A proposal in this regard was passed by the standing committee on Thursday.

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