Giving a fillip to a flagging campaign, children have once again taken over from the adults to give the jaded ‘Save Yamuna’ drive a fresh lease of life. Nearly 160 eco-clubs of schools, run by the government and public sector undertakings, took part in the ‘Clean Yamuna Programme’ on Tuesday.
The programme was started three years back and draws passionate schoolchildren to the cause. It is part of a campaign supported by the National Green Corps of the Ministry of Environment and Forests.
This year, as many as 2,400 children, some physically and mentally challenged, gathered to strip the banks of the Kudesia Ghat of all garbage and junk. To draw public attention, these children also performed shramdaan — to highlight the plight of the river and emphasise the need to clean it.
The children formed teams to clean garbage from the river. Flowers thrown into the river were picked up by the children. These would now be recycled into eco-friendly colours for Holi.
Young voices echoed on the banks of the Yamuna as Jigri – an exclusive musical band — sang songs about social change and the beginning of a new dawn. The songs appealed to the passersby to lend a hand to the cause.
After all, a clean Yamuna would only add to their joy!