The weather was perfect to enjoy a lazy Sunday morning, but that did not stop more than 100 residents from six residential complexes in Kavesar, Ghodbunder Road, from taking to the streets to participate in Hindustan Times’ Clean My Mumbai movement.
The residents cleaned a one-kilometre stretch of Vijay Vilas Road. The area was littered with plastic bags, glass bottles, construction debris and paper plates used by the illegal food stalls operated on this road.
From four-year-old Nitasha Bali, who wielded a broom much taller than her, to navy Captain Tribhuvan Jaiswal, who despite being a Colaba resident, chose to travel all the way to Kavesar Road, the area was buzzing with activity.
“I read on Facebook about the clean-up drive in Kavesar and decided to come to Thane from my residence in Colaba. I used to reside in the area a few years ago and thus thought of doing my bit for the place,” said 46-year-old Jaiswal.
Phanish TM, 48, a resident of the area, said, “A part of the Vijay Vilas Road was left halfway by the corporation in the process of widening owing to some legal issues. This incomplete road is used as a dumping ground by residents, shopkeepers and vendors. We wanted to clean it and hand it over to the Thane Municipal Corporation so they can resume traffic on some part of the road.”
Many children also participated in the drive.
“When foreigners come to our country, garbage is the first thing they notice. I want my country to be clean like other countries. So I don’t mind getting up early on a Sunday,” said 14-year-old Jayant Awl.
Rohit Sobti, 38, a local resident, who took the initiative to organise the drive along with HT, said, “We earlier carried out a drive in our society only, but wanted to carry it in the premises too. We wanted to enrol other societies in the area. Hindustan Times have offered us a wide platform to spread our motto of cleanliness to all the residents in this area.”
The residents plan to put up placards in the area and also continue the drive every Sunday. They are also in talks with the corporation to provide additional dustbins in the area.