Cleanliness drive spreads message on health, hygiene
NMMC ropes in students to clean roads, ponds and gardens
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.”
Members of Sewak Jatha Bombay sweep the roads at Sector 9, Vashi, on Saturday.