1,000 kgs of waste col­lected from creek in Thane on Day 1

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Megha Pol megha.pol@hin­dus­tan­times.com

More than two truck­loads of waste was col­lected at the Ko­pri creek in the creek clean-up drive car­ried out by the Thane Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion along with NGOs on Sat­ur­day. The drive will be car­ried out for 15 days across all the im­mer­sion ghats in the city.

Be­cause of the im­mer­sions car­ried out dur­ing Ganeshot­sav, the creeks in the city are flooded with plas­tic, ther­mo­col and other non-biodegrad­able waste. The clean-up drive is thus be­ing un­der­taken from Septem­ber 17 to Oc­to­ber 2.

“Septem­ber 17 is In­ter­na­tional Coastal Clean-up Day. We had re­ceived a cir­cu­lar from the cen­tral govern­ment to take up the ac­tiv­ity on the oc­ca­sion of this day and the Swacha Bharat Ab­hiyan cam­paign. We have col­lected 1,000 kgs of waste from Ko­pri creek alone on the first day,” said Man­isha Prad­han, pol­lu­tion con­trol of­fi­cer of TMC.

The waste mostly com­prised of plas­tic, gunny bags, gutka wrap­pers, ther­mo­col and puja waste. The drive will be car­ried out at other im­mer­sion sites in­clud­ing Kalwa, Par­sik, Khare­gaon, Mum­bra, Kol­shet, Gaimukh and Nagla bun­der.

The drive was car­ried out by NGO Ro­tary and Ro­taract club of Thane east along with the Tata Cap­i­tal com­pany.

“The garbage in­cluded huge amounts of plas­tic and ther­mo­col. More­over, with the start of Pitru­pak­sha, peo­ple had thrown ba­nana leaves, fruits and eat­a­bles in the water. We man­aged to clean the im­mer­sion ghats and the man­grove area,” said Reshma Thanekar, for­mer pres­i­dent of Ro­tary club. Thane east.

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