Chil­dren to fight war against filth

Over 2 lakh stu­dents from 460 schools to spread aware­ness on garbage seg­re­ga­tion

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - G Mohiuddin Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

Tak­ing for­ward the clean city drive, more than 2 lakh stu­dents from 460 schools in the city will spread the mes­sage of garbage seg­re­ga­tion.

The Navi Mum­bai Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion’s (NMMC) launched ‘Clean­li­ness Sol­dier’, a con­cept to in­volve schools and stu­dents to con­vey the mes­sage of garbage seg­re­ga­tion into dry and wet garbage in ev­ery house­hold and so­ci­ety.

Launched on Thurs­day, the ini­tia­tive aims at rop­ing in more res­i­dents to spread aware­ness on how to seg­re­gate garbage. From May 1, the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion im­ple­mented waste seg­re­ga­tion sys­tem.

An­nounc­ing the con­cept at Sadhu Vaswani in­ter­na­tional school in San­pada, mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Tukaram Mundhe re­it­er­ated the need to seg­re­gate dry and wet garbage.

“To en­sure that our city is clean and beau­ti­ful, res­i­dents need to seg­re­gate garbage. They need to re­alise that apart from per­sonal hy­giene, com­mu­nity and so­cial hy­giene too is our moral re­spon­si­bil­ity,” said Mundhe.

He said that there are over 6,300 hous­ing so­ci­eties in Navi Mum­bai and ev­ery so­ci­ety has at least 4 to 5 school-go­ing chil­dren. “If these chil­dren un­der­stand the im­por­tance of garbage seg­re­ga­tion, the mes­sage will reach their home and so­ci­ety.

It will def­i­nitely help waste seg­re­ga­tion be­come a habit among cit­i­zens. This will help speed up the process to at­tain 100% garbage seg­re­ga­tion,” said Mundhe.

While 700 met­ric tonnes of garbage is gen­er­ated in the city ev­ery day, in the past two months, the large-scale aware­ness cam­paign on seg­re­ga­tion has helped seg­re­gate up to 300 met­ric tonnes of waste.

Mundhe said, “We are plan­ning a chain from prin­ci­pals to teach­ers and from them to the stu­dents. Our ob­jec­tive is to cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment to have projects to treat wet garbage in ev­ery school. The ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment will give de­tails of var­i­ous projects to the in­sti­tu­tions.”

Here is where the clean­li­ness sol­dier comes into the pic­ture.

“Our clean­li­ness sol­diers will check if garbage seg­re­ga­tion is done in their house and so­ci­ety. Whether the garbage truck comes to the so­ci­ety in time,” said Mundhe.

The stu­dents of Sadhu Vaswani staged a skit to con­vey the mes­sage of garbage seg­re­ga­tion.

“We will pre­pare groups of stu­dents in schools and so­ci­eties to con­vey the mes­sage of seg­re­ga­tion,” said ETC di­rec­tor Var­sha Bha­gat.

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