SAVING THE RIVER
  Water Pollution


CHARACTERS

Chhutki
An eight-year-old girl, who wants to know everything about the world we live in.

Mother: Chhutki's mother.

Woody: A talking tree.

Turtle: A turtle in the river.

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Baadshah: A doll. Inm Chutki's dream it turns into a magical old man, cheerful, full of energy and very wise. A good friend of Chhutki.

Fishy: A fish who lives with his family in the river

 

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Scene 7
In the town

 

When Chhutki opens her eyes she finds they are standing in a narrow, dirty street of a very crowded, noisy town. There are houses, shops, people, animals and vehicleseverywhere. To the left, is a water pipe where a group of people clamour as they collect water, bathe, wash clothes and utensils from a tap which is flowing onn-stop. Just nearby is  a large sewer pipe which is leaking.

Baadshah: Look, Chhutki, you mentioned that one of your friend is suffering from jaundice . This is one way how to get that dangerous infection.(Pointing at the water pipe and sewer pipe.) Now, see. There is a horrible leaking sewer pipe near the water pipe. Infection from the leaking sewage can easily spread to the water line however small the leakage may be. This can also lead to intestinal infections and gastric problems.

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Chhutki : Goodness! I must tell them. (She rushes towards the people and tries to talk to them.)
Oh please, stop! Don't use this water, it could be infected. See, there is that leaking sewer line nearby. Have it properly repaired first. If you don't, you can get very ill. (The people stare at her for a moment, then get busy with what thet were doing, laughing and chatting as if she wasn't there. Chhutki returns, most annoyed.) I don't believe it. They won't even listen!

Baadshah: (Shaking his head knowingly.) Come this way, Chhutki. (He takes her towards the side, from where they can see a part of the river bank below. It is an awful sight. The water in the river is dirty and still. In it, all kinds of garbage-old tyres, wood, tin cans, bottles, rags, kitchen waste etc. are seen floating.) Doesn't this look like those pictures in your books?

Chhutki : Even worse than those pictures. Truely, I am worried! How could people do this?

Baadshah: As i said before, some don't know, while others don't care.

Chhutki : Should we not care for our rivers which provide us with water for drinking, bathing, and washing? Can we do without water.. clean water? We have to do something, soon!

Baadshah: Most definately! But what do you have in mind?

Chhutki : I will get all my friends together and tell them about all that I have seen. I  am sure they too must have seen things like these and are just as concerned. We will then plan how to spread the word to people so that they know what is happening and ask them for their help.

Baadshah:A good beginning, Chhutki. But now, it's time you got back home and completed your project.

Chhutki : You know about that?

Baadshah: Well, I do sit on your table most of the time .
Heh, heh! (He chuckles.)

Chhutki :What? Oh, the Baadshah doll! Well, yes, you do. Let's go home now and goodbye to you for now. I'll tell you all about what we should do to keep our rivers claen when I see you next. Right now, I have lots to get done.

Baadshah: Well then, goodbye, good luck....

Just shut your eyes and count till three
And soon all safe, at home, you'll be.


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