- 13 Nov 2023 1:59 PM
- Hungary Matters
Friday, November 17 will be the anniversary of the merger of Óbuda, Buda and Pest into Budapest in 1873.
To mark the occasion, roads and sidewalks are washed throughout the capital, new trash cans are deposited on the streets and traffic signs are restored, while civilians can take part in organised projects in work on Margit Island and Gellért Hill.
The clean-up operation extended to the entire length of the Nagykörút, the entire line of trams No. 4 and 6 and its environment, to squares, underpasses and stops along the körút.
Mayor Gergely Karácsony also got involved by collecting refuse on Gellért Hill.
The state of public cleanliness is fourth on the list of the problems among the residents of Budapest, according to a recent survey by the Republikon Institute.
HVG writes that a related government propaganda campaign is under way against Karácsony.
The spectacular result of the campaign is a photograph contest where the public was asked to submit pictures of overgrowing weeds in the city. The winner was a picture of an untended area on a site owned not by the city, but by the state.