Clean­li­ness drive spreads mes­sage on health, hygiene

NMMC ropes in stu­dents to clean roads, ponds and gar­dens

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - Navi Mumbai - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Satur­day morn­ing saw stu­dents, res­i­dents and vol­un­teers pick up brooms and clean the roads, gar­dens and ponds across the city.

Or­gan­ised by the Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (NMMC), the spe­cial clean­li­ness drive was car­ried out at Agroli pond in Belapur, RR Patil gar­den at Sec­tor 19 of Nerul, Won­ders Park in Nerul, Mini Seashore in Kopar Khairane and hold­ing pond at Sec­tor 19 of Kopar Khairane among other places.

Un­der the Swachh Bharat Mis­sion, the cen­tral govern­ment has in­structed that be­tween Jan­uary 19 and Fe­bru­ary 15, spe­cial clean­li­ness drives have to be con­ducted at wa­ter bod­ies (area sur­round­ing lakes, river­fronts, beaches, ghats and wa­ter ways), recre­ation parks, play ar­eas, rest ar­eas and other land­scapes.

Apart from the cit­i­zens and so­cial work­ers, the NMMC roped in stu­dents for the drive to cre­ate aware­ness of the pro­ject.

Speak­ing at Kopar Khairane pond, where the chil­dren cleaned t he area, mayor Sud­hakar Son­awane said, “More than a drive, this has be­come a habit for us now. It is great that the young stu­dents have joined us in the mis­sion to­day. We are de­ter­mined to en­sure a clean and healthy Navi Mum­bai.”

Son­awane said, “Hygiene is a global is­sue. It is im­por­tant for res­i­dents to be dis­ci­plined. We will then not need such drives. That is the rea­son we are cre­at­ing aware­ness.”

Son­awane added, “Apart from keep­ing our area clean, garbage seg­re­ga­tion is im­por­tant else there will be cat­a­strophic en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues soon. I am glad aware­ness on this is in­creas­ing and we are get­ting co­op­er­a­tion from the res­i­dents.”

Sand­hya Guhi, a stu­dent, was happy to be a part of the drive.

“It is great that we stu­dents can be part of the mis­sion to keep our city clean. We want to en­sure that the city tops in the coun­try in clean­li­ness,” she said.

Deputy mayor Av­inash Lad said, “It is great to see peo­ple from so many ar­eas join­ing in. The com­mit­ment will go a long way in rais­ing aware­ness on clean­li­ness in the city.”

BACHCHAN KU­MAR

Mem­bers of Se­wak Jatha Bom­bay sweep the roads at Sec­tor 9, Vashi, on Satur­day.

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