On Sunday, residents of Jai Ashoka, ICICI building, Bahar and Hill View housing societies in Goregaon, inspired by Hindustan Times’ ‘Clean My Mumbai’ campaign, took upon themselves to clean the building premises and the adjoining footpaths.
The residents have been doing their bit for the preservation of the environment, lending their support to the cause of eco-friendly Ganesha idols during Ganesh Puja. Purshottam Joshi, the first person in area to suggest the ‘Clean My Mumbai’ programme, said, “I am a regular reader of the paper and came to know about the cleanliness campaign.”
While they started their campaign in and around their buildings, the residents hope to intensify their programme in the future. Pankaj Sharma, a banker, who stays in the ICICI building, said that the younger generation is more aware about cleanliness. “My five-year-old daughter doesn’t allow me to throw wrappers on the road,” he said.
Participants at the event said they were attracted to the campaign after the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, initiated by the country’s Prime Minister. According to Gajendra Rathi, another participant, “I like how our prime minister nominates people for the cleanliness drive, and in turn those people nominate others. Something similar needs to be done in our city.”
The most enthused about the drive were the young campaigners. “I would love to participate in such drives to clean India,” said Sakshi Yadav, 13.
Seven bins full of garbage were cleared on Sunday by the residents.
The residents raised important points while discussing how to keep Mumbai clean. According to them, more garbage bins should be installed. They also said that beaches should be cleaned.