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Honouring those who work to keep our city clean

Sindhu Pundalik gave her widest smile and posed for a photograph with Municipal Commissioner Jairaj Phatak as he presented her an award for the best conservancy worker in Andheri.

india Updated: Apr 19, 2009 00:58 IST

Sindhu Pundalik gave her widest smile and posed for a photograph with Municipal Commissioner Jairaj Phatak as he presented her an award for the best conservancy worker in Andheri.

This was the most memorable moment of her life, confessed the 40-year-old, who has been cleaning the streets for over 14 years.

On Saturday, the municipal corporation recognised the work of 62 conservancy workers and groups who keep Mumbai clean. The city has over 42,000 conservancy workers who clear 7,000 tonnes of garbage generated every day.

“These awards are like a token of appreciation for those who consider the city as their extended home,” said Additional Municipal Commissioner, R.A. Rajeev.

A surprise winner was M-west ward (Chembur), which won Cleanest Ward award. Till last year, the ward had the maximum number of rodents. “It is not about the cash, the most important thing is they thought about us and honoured us,” said Pundalik.

There were suggestions for litterbugs too. “Shun plastic, it amounts to a lot of waste generated daily. And also be more responsible about keeping the city clean,” said Sakharam Pingle, a conservancy worker.