Children to fight war against filth
Over 2 lakh students from 460 schools to spread awareness on garbage segregation
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.