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article image'The Ugly Indians' clean up Bangalore

By Sravanth Verma     May 26, 2014 in World
Bangalore - The Ugly Indians (TUI), a group of anonymous volunteers, have been getting together to clean up the city of Bangalore, India, and give it a good scrubbing.
Take the case of the clean-up job near the Outer Ring Road in the area of Bellandur, where thousands of employees from Information Technology companies work. Right outside the office of Accenture, an old water pipe passing over a drain had become a dumping ground for garbage and was a health hazard and nuisance for everyone in the area.
Around 30 employees from a nearby company had enough and in April, at 10 a.m., they turned up at the spot with white overalls and caps, gloves and brooms in hand. Two hours later, there was a 30-foot long safety wall around the open drain, and the pipe had been given a fresh coat of paint.
The Times of India reports that five or six such "spot fixes" happen in Bangalore every week. The group follows the motto "Kaam chaalu mooh bandh" which is Hindi for "Start working, stop talking." The group's philosophy seems to have struck a chord with many across India. Groups have been formed in the cities of Ludhiana, Agra, Kanpur, Vishakapatnam, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Chennai and Pune, with Delhi and Goa expected to follow soon. These groups are voluntary and they draw inspiration from The Ugly Indian Facebook page where people send in reports of their work, which are then posted on the wall.
The Bangalore municipal corporation, Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has recognized the group's efforts and is planning to join hands with them to identify and fix "black spots" in the city. The city Mayor B.S. Sathyanarayana joined a group from TUI to clean up an area in Thyagarajanagar in the city.
Garbage disposal and management are notoriously lax in urban India. India's Prime Minister-in-waiting Narendra Modi has expressed his resolve to tackle the problem, beginning with his constituency of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, North India, known as much for its temples as the garbage lying on its roads and clogging the river Ganga.
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