Don’t litter Shimla if you don’t want to be embarrassed by a child brigade blowing the whistle on people littering this tourist town. The drive is part of the Seeti Bajao Shimla Bachao campaign under way to draw public attention towards a clean environment.
Armed with whistles, the child brigade forms part of the eco clubs in 18 schools in town with the initiative of the Science, Technology and Environment Council since Earth Day on April 22. They spread out in three groups in important localities of the town every day and blow the whistle as soon as they see someone littering. They continue whistling to draw everyone’s attention and virtually force the defaulter to pick up and throw the litter in the nearest dust bin.
Each child patrol team is accompanied by an employee from the municipal corporation, one from the Pollution Control Board and a Home Guard. This backup of employees has been provided to get feedback on the field situation and to ensure that no one harms the children.
“The response has been positive so far. Though our whistling causes much embarrassment for those caught littering a spot, or tourists, but ultimately, they realise and support us,” said schoolgirl Namita.
Said R.K. Sood of the State Council for Science, Technology and Environment: “The basic purpose of this campaign was to awaken the locals and draw their attention towards the need for cleanliness. After this campaign, the second step would be to deal with defaulters. The council has already taken it up with the government.”