2 lakh stu­dents turn mes­sen­gers of garbage seg­re­ga­tion in city 23-year-old man from Ko­pri found dead in Vashi pond

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The NMMC has planned on 100% garbage seg­re­ga­tion in the city by Oc­to­ber 2.

To take the ini­tia­tive for­ward, it has roped in school stu­dents, or clean­li­ness sol­diers, to in­volve to con­vey the mes­sage of garbage seg­re­ga­tion. The drive in­volves par­tic­i­pa­tion of over 2 lakh stu­dents from 460 schools of the city.

A work­shop on the ini­tia­tive was con­ducted re­cently by mu­nic­i­pal com­mis­sioner Tukaram Mundhe.

“The school prin­ci­pal will be the chief trainer and the teach­ers will be the class head. Ev­ery class teacher will choose a girl and a boy as cap­tains of the class clean­li­ness sol­diers. The cap­tains will take stock of the clean­li­ness projects in the class.”

He added, “There will also be a group of 10 to 15 clean­li­ness sol­diers se­lected to co­or­di­nate ac­tiv­i­ties of the school. Our ob­jec­tive is to cre­ate an en­vi­ron­ment to have projects to treat wet garbage in ev­ery school.”

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

A to­tal of 700 met­ric tonnes of garbage is gen­er­ated in the city ev­ery day and 300 met­ric tonnes are be­ing seg­re­gated daily.

“Ev­ery hous­ing so­ci­ety will form a group of such 10 to 12 stu­dents who will help im­ple­ment the lessons on garbage seg­re­ga­tion,” said Mundhe.

“To en­sure that our city is clean and beau­ti­ful the res­i­dents of the city need to seg­re­gate their garbage into dry and wet and be­lieve that they are do­ing so for their own good health. They need to re­alise that apart from per­sonal hy­giene, com­mu­nity and so­cial hy­giene too us our moral re­spon­si­bil­ity,” Mundhe added.

A 23-year-old man from Ko­pri vil­lage at Vashi’s Sec­tor 26, was found dead in a vil­lage pond on Tues­day.

Some res­i­dents, who had gone to the pond for im­mer­sion, spot­ted the body float­ing in the wa­ter around 4.30pm and in­formed the po­lice. The po­lice fished out the body and sent it to NMMC hos­pi­tal. The doc­tors de­clared him brought dead.

The de­ceased has been iden­ti­fied as Govind Kishore Madak. “It is not clear how he fell into the wa­ter. We sus­pect he had gone to the pond for some work on Mon­day night and slipped,” said a po­lice of­fi­cer from APMC po­lice sta­tion.

The po­lice were clue­less about the iden­tity of the de­ceased for a few hours. The de­ceased’s fam­ily learnt about the body from some other peo­ple in their neigh­bour­hood. They later went to the hos­pi­tal and iden­ti­fied the body.

“The body was handed over to his fam­ily after post-mortem,” an­other po­lice of­fi­cer said. The po­lice have reg­is­tered an ac­ci­den­tal death case.

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