If you could clone one element from another city you’ve visited — a building, a cultural institution, a common street food, etc. — and bring it back to your own hometown, what would it be? Felling of trees have become the talk of the day. Planting of saplings mark many an auspicious occasion. Anniversaries and memorable days are observed planting trees. This on one hand and merciless cutting of trees on the other. Concrete jungles have given way to whatever greenery was left in my city. Residents have little or no space for plants as they live in high rise buildings or have no land to even grow shrubs. The civil authorities wake up only when they are surrounded by the media or to make declarations only on paper. I have been born and brought up in an industrial township where one would expect pollution all around. Situated on the sidelines of the Deccan Plateau the land is arid and almost unfavorable for agriculture. Underlying are layers and layers of coal and other minerals. Yet here is this beautiful township laid down by a great visionary, Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata, while setting up a leading industrial house. As the train pulls to a halt one notices the difference between the landscape seen hitherto and this beautiful land nurtured by a thoughtful man with the grit of steel. A well planned city with rows and rows of houses each with its own bit of space neatly kept by the occupants with whatever greens possible. Each row of houses interspersed with a small open ground that serves as a playground for children or a place for walk and talk for their parents. There are rows of trees lined along the roads and at times even in clusters when space is available. Parks dot the city in various places providing the much needed play ground to children and catering to all age groups. It is here that parents escorting kids exchange pleasantries, men discuss matters of office and politics, women share their culinary skills, craft and needlework updates, family issues and anything and everything that interest them. Children of various age groups can be seen with their peers. There are some bigger parks too among which Jubilee Park honors the founder, J N Tata. Children grow up in such surroundings and are taught from a very young age to respect nature and the importance of green plants around them. Schools pomp up these skills by organising competitions where the children are allotted spaces for class gardens and the best are rewarded. Apart from that stadiums, golf courses, race courses, boat clubs, air strips, Dimna Lake and other picnic spots add to the greenery on the outskirts of the city. Greenery is the keyword to this beautiful city of steel, Jamshedpur, that houses people from different states belonging to different castes and creed and different strata of society, but all knit into one huge chain of mankind. I would like the civic bodies and citizens in my hometown to emulate this clean green attitude rather than crying hoarse about environment pollution and green house effects and make this city too as dear to one and all.
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