One visit to Tirupati and Tirumala, abode of Balaji, was very heartwarming to see how “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” has influenced entire Tirupati to be clean, although there is still a long way to go.
Every vendor and hawker either it is coconut water WALA or fruit seller or tea vendors made it sure to keep a big dustbin. Very few shopkeepers sold their products in polythene.
Everyday lacs of devotees of all walks of l from different part of countries visit Tirupati to have Darshan of Balaji at Tirumala. Tirumala has been clean holy place right from beginning. However, handling such huge and surging number of devotees is not less than Himalayan task for TTD (Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams). What catches attention is big dustbin every after ten steps in 240/ Km square area.
When 16th Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi picked up a broom to launch the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, 67 years after independence on 2 October 2014, he motivated Kashmir to Kanyakumari including unskilled workers to live in clean and hygienic surroundings.
Prior to that clean area used to be called “posh area” and ‘cleanliness’ used to be luxury of privileged class only, as if a common citizen of India was destined to be live in unhygienic environment and feel inferior about themselves when they visit any development country.
When the head of nation can pick up a broom to clean his country, how can common citizens be detached from this nation building campaign. What is even more heartwarming that devotees are fully cooperating to keep Tirupati and Tirumala clean.
What can be more unfortunate that India and its 15 Prime Ministers didn’t talk about cleanliness and hygiene until 68 years after its freedom. India must improve its civic and traffic sense to become a world leader.