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Malabar Hill citizen groups gear up to keep Hanging Garden clean

Vaishnavi Vasudevan, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, February 12, 2013
First Published: 00:59 IST(12/2/2013) | Last Updated: 01:01 IST(12/2/2013)

Residents, activists, hawkers’ association and students of Bal Anand organisation and nearby municipal schools will now ensure that Hanging Garden, one of the most visited tourist spots in Malabar Hill, remains clean.

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The initiative is part of the Swachcha Mumbai Abhiyaan launched by municipal commissioner Sitaram Kunte, in collaboration with the advanced locality managements of Malabar Hill, on Monday.

The commissioner gave away dustbins made of stainless steel and distributed aprons to workers and volunteers. Litter-bins, arm-bands and aprons were sponsored by activists.

“I am glad that the ALMs are taking steps to ensure cleanliness in their area.  The BMC cannot do it all alone. Such initiative proves to be of great help,” said Kunte.

In its 2013-14 budget, the civic body has announced an allocation of Rs1.8 crore to clean the 43 tourist spots in the city.  “Not just tourist spots, we plan to extend the campaign to slums, Mhada colonies and other areas. Solid waste management will be given first priority,” said Kunte.

Sumer Parikh, 18, an activist from the area, said, “We try to get students to participate in our cleanliness drive on weekends.”

Indrani Malkhani, ALM coordinator, D-ward, said, “The drive will be extended to other parts of south Mumbai too. Every citizen should do his bit to keep the locality clean.”


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