Teen who cracked JEE trans­forms Kota garbage dump

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - Front Page - Aab­shar H Quazi aab­shar.quazi@htlive.com

For two years, Har­shavard­han Nigam passed the In­stru­men­ta­tion Lim­ited’s bound­ary wall on his way to his coach­ing in­sti­tute in Vi­gyan Na­gar and the garbage strewn near the wall and the stink em­a­nat­ing from it would dis­gust him.

It was then that the 18-year-old de­cided that if he cracks JEE Ad­vanced 2017, he would clean the area. The re­sults were re­cently de­clared and Har­shavard­han scored AIR 4534. He knew it then that it was time to ful­fil his prom­ise. For the noble ini­tia­tive, he roped in his two child­hood friends — Harshit Nakra and Pragyam— and a cycling group.

“Af­ter crack­ing JEE Ad­vanced 2017 on June 11, I sought help from mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tor of Kota Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion Gir­ri­raj Ma­hawar in clean­ing the garbage as a large num­ber of coach­ing stu­dents and lo­cals pass it ev­ery day,” said Har­shavard­han.

Ma­hawar ar­ranged for a wa­ter tanker and half a dozen san­i­ta­tion work­ers. To­gether they cleaned up the garbage within four hours on Sun­day morn­ing.

Har­shavard­han and his friends later painted the wall and made graf­fiti on it to beau­tify the place so that no one throws garbage in fu­ture. They bought the paints with their own sav­ings. “My two friends and I saved around ₹4000 for last three months for clean­ing and paint­ing graf­fiti. Al­though I will leave Kota in the next few months af­ter my ad­mis­sion to IIT, I thought this would be my gift to the coach­ing stu­dents and city in­hab­i­tants,” he said.

“Har­shavard­han’s en­deav­our is ex­em­plary and in­spi­ra­tional. If ev­ery cit­i­zen thinks like him then Kota will re­ally be a clean city,” Ma­havar said.

Kota deputy mayor Su­nita Vyas and Ur­ban Im­prove­ment Trust, Kota, chair­man, Ramku­mar Me­hta vis­ited the place and ap­pre­ci­ated the clean­li­ness drive.

While Me­hta said that they will put up a fence so that peo­ple don’t dump garbage there, deputy mayor Su­nita Vyas said that they will con­struct a pub­lic toi­let on the spare land so that peo­ple don’t uri­nate in the open.

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Har­shavard­han Nigam

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