The other day I saw a tenant of a neighbouring building dropping something from over her compound wall into the private lane where we live. When I asked her what it was, she unabashedly replied that it was her pet pup’s poo. I politely told her it is a private lane and she should not use the place as a garbage bin. Instead of apologizing the lady went into a harangue saying I had no business to question her and only after ascertaining that it is a private lane, she would believe me! So much for trying to convince an ‘educated’ lady(the yardstick for education unfortunately continues to be the speaker’s proficiency in English).
A round of discussions with the rest of the owners brought forth valuable suggestions with a promise of ‘speedy implementation.’ All of them thanked me profusely for bringing the issue to their notice.
‘Don’t worry, all that we require is to paint the wall saying ‘Private Lane-trespassers will be prosecuted’ echoed everyone and one among them promised to get it done the very next day. Another said it was afterall a five minute job and since he was very busy, he would organize it in the next few days.
Days and weeks have passed but nothing has been done. If a handful of residents cannot take collective responsibility for maintaining a small stretch of land that belongs to them, can we expect things to happen at the macro level? I wonder.
n.meera raghavendra rao