Some 5,000 youngsters will get together to clean the Gomti on August 13.
The team will involve National Cadet Corps (NCC), National Service Scheme (NSS) volunteers and students of Lucknow University, degree colleges, engineering colleges and other educational institutions.
The clean-Gomti drive will start with an awareness programme where school and college students will form a human chain on the stretch leading to Arts College and Nadwa. They will also take a pledge to say no to polythene.
Students of different educational institutions would take up this initiative under the umbrella organisation Lok Adhikar Manch (LAM) that has already spoken to heads of degree and engineering colleges of the city to garner support for this task.
Convenor of LAM Anil Singh said, “The exercise would start with the lighting of the lamp, pledge by volunteers to help in keeping the river clean and then the actual work of cleaning the water hyacinth that has obstructed the free flow of the river.”
Before drawing a blue print for the mission, a survey was carried out by a team of teachers and few experts of the stretch of the river.
The rainy season was chosen deliberately because it is the period when there is more discharge from untreated nullahs, which chokes the river.
The team also has plans to continue the work after August 13.
“All educational institutions will take responsibility and do the cleaning on a monthly basis on their own,” he said.
While the college and university students would clean the river, the junior students will help in removing polythene.