Dis­trict admn’s ges­ture for city’s life­line

Week­long ‘Gomti Swac­chata Ab­hiyan’ gets un­der­way. Vol­un­teers from sev­eral de­part­ments pitch in

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - METRO - HT Cor­re­spon­dent lko­re­porters­desk@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The stretch from Boat Club to Hanu­man Setu - of­ten con­sid­ered as the most pol­luted one on the banks of river Gomti - wit­nessed a pleas­ant change when of­fi­cials from the ad­min­is­tra­tion launched an ex­ten­sive clean­li­ness drive here on Fri­day.

An­nounc­ing the week­long ‘Gomti Swac­chata Ab­hiyan’ in the morn­ing, dis­trict mag­is­trate Raj Shekhar said: “The Gomti is con­sid­ered to be the life­line of the state cap­i­tal. Come, let’s take an ini­tia­tive and make it clean. I re­quest you all to join us in this en­deav­our that aims to in­fuse fresh life into the river.”

THE AD­MIN­IS­TRA­TION ALSO PRESSED INTO SER­VICE 10 BOATS FROM THE IR­RI­GA­TION DEPART­MENT TO AS­SIST THE VOL­UN­TEERS IN THE CLEAN DRIVE

Apart from the ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials in­clud­ing the DM, the drive saw par­tic­i­pa­tion of other de­part­ments like LMC, Pan­chay­ati Raj depart­ment, health depart­ment and oth­ers. The max­i­mum num­ber of vol­un­teers (300) was from the Pan­chay­ati Raj depart­ment.

Oth­ers from civil de­fence, for­est depart­ment and boat club also joined in tak­ing the num­ber of vol­un­teers to 600.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion also roped in 10 boats from the ir­ri­ga­tion depart­ment and JCB ma­chines to as­sist the vol­un­teers in the clean drive. Dur­ing the day, the vol­un­teers cleaned a ma­jor part of the stretch while the re­main­ing would be sani­tised in the next few days.

“Clean­ing the en­tire stretch in a day is a cum­ber­some job. We have cleaned a huge chunk of it. We have also asked the ir­ri­ga­tion depart­ment to clean the wa­ter­cress on the en­tire stretch. I am sure we will be able to cover the en­tire stretch in the next six days of the drive,” said the DM.

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