Inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Clean India Campaign, residents of Sector 19 on Sunday teamed up to clean public parks in their surroundings. Vexed over the poor sanitation work being carried out by the Noida Authority, members of Residents Welfare Association (RWA) have written several complaints to officials of the authority.
Following the complaints, the authority decided to clean the 19,000 square metre disputed land— Shani Bazaar— that had turned into a dumping ground. The land had become a sanctuary for stray animals and a home to anti-social elements at night. “The cleaning of the ground took place for about 14 days.
Two earth movers and two tipper trucks were used to clean the ground. Now, the ground is clean,” said Rishipal Singh, president of RWA Sector 19. Officials said that the authority would also deploy four security guards near the ground to prevent people from dumping garbage on the ground and indulging in notorious activities.
Earlier, the residents of Sector 19 had launched a six-day cleanliness drive to raise awareness about the importance of hygiene and safeguarding the environment.
“Our campaign is mainly focused on cleaning of Adarsh Park of A block and Indo-gulf Park in B block. We are encouraging people to clean the park before they start exercising in the morning. A large number of senior citizens are joining the initiative,” said JP Mahajan, a resident of Sector 19.
Renowned sculptor and Padma Shri awardee Ram Sutar, who is also a resident of Sector 19, has joined the cleanliness drive. A home to over 30,000 people, Sector 19 lacks a designated garbage dumping site. In the absence of a dumpyard, residents are forced to throw garbage in a dumping ground of Sector 27.
The Shani Bazaar ground was earlier allotted to Sanjay Gandhi Education society by the authority a few years ago. However, it later turned into a dumping ground and a weekly market venue.