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Gurgaon: Cleanliness crusaders find resonance to cause in city

The volunteers are aiming to spread the word on cleanliness across Gurgaon

gurgaon Updated: Jun 24, 2017 23:12 IST
HT Correspondents
Volunteers participating in the Swwachta Samrasta Sandesh Yatra received a warm welcome at the government women’s college in Gurgaon’s Sector 14.
Volunteers participating in the Swwachta Samrasta Sandesh Yatra received a warm welcome at the government women’s college in Gurgaon’s Sector 14.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

To highlight the importance of hygiene and waste segregation under Swaach Bharat Abhiyan, the ‘Swwachta Samrasta Sandesh Yatra’ reached Gurgaon on Saturday. Joint commissioners of Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon, Anu Shyokand and Alka Chaudhary received volunteers participating in the yatra at the government women’s college in Sector 14.

Before reaching Gurgaon, the yatra covered 16 districts. The effort was undertaken by 65 volunteers, including members from the state coordination committee.

Subhash Chander, executive vice chairman, Swwach Bharat Mission, Haryana, who is leading the yatra, said the objective of the campaign is to connect and make people of 22 cities Haryana aware about of the Swwach Bharat Abhiyan, the Centre’s ambitious cleanliness initiative. He added that the message about cleanliness and its importance is being spread through art, street plays and documentaries. The state has played host to campaigns such as ‘beti bachao beti padao’, which is aimed at the welfare of girl child, but this is the first campaign in the state to spread the word about cleanliness.

“Sanitation should not only be a word, but an extension of our conduct and lifestyle. The dream of a Clean India cannot be realised until all the citizens work towards this goal and take up cleanliness,” Chandra said.

He added that the campaign, which was flagged off by Prime Minister Narender Modi, has already made a strong impact in Haryana. The government wants to make Haryana a clean, green and open defecation-free state and is working towards an efficient waste collection and disposal system.

Joint commissioner Shyokand said that the sanitation wing of the MCG is working towards making Gurgaon a clean and green city. Not just the residents, but members of residents’ welfare associatios and NGOs, too, are contributing to the cause. She informed that the MCG is working on the segregation of dry and wet waste and the formation of a compost pit for good manure.

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MCG officials said that corporation has also chalked out a plant to ensure that both Gurgaon district and the city becomes open defecation-free. Hoarding boards , street plays and media are also helping to spread the word on the cause.