After the federation of Noida residents’ welfare associations (FONRWA) asked its member RWAs to organise weekly cleanliness drives in their respective areas, residents of various sectors took up the initiative and cleaned their surroundings.
RWAs of sectors 51, 52, 35, 61 and 11 organised cleanliness drives in their areas on Saturday and Sunday.
The drive comes after FONRWA president NP Singh had asked all RWAs to start a weekly cleanliness drive under Swachh Bharat mission. Singh had asked RWAs to clean their sectors after a recent Union government ranking of cities on cleanliness.
As Noida does not have a municipal body, it was not a part of the survey. However, FONRWA took this opportunity to keep Noida clean as a part of the ongoing nationwide exercise.
On Saturday, residents of Sector 51 — men, women and children — assembled at the children’s park and conducted a cleanliness drive.
“This is our first step towards Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Residents started taking out time from their busy schedule to contribute towards society on Saturday,” said Anil Prakash, president of Sector 51 RWA.
“The children’s park was always dirty as it was used by over 500 people every morning and evening, including residents of our sector. Therefore, we decided to clean the park ourselves,” Pawan Kumar Sharma, vice-president, Sector 51 RWA.
Similarly, RWAs of sectors 52, 35, 61 and 11 also organised cleanliness drives in their respective sectors on Sunday. “This drive will take place every Sunday, as decided in the last meeting of FONRWA. After one month, our team will inspect all sectors to check cleanliness,” NP Singh, president, FONRWA, said.
A similar exercise was carried out in Ahinsa Khand area of Ghaziabad. Several housing societies such as Ashiana Upvan, Exotica Elegance, Cloud 9 and Ashiana Greens organised cleanliness drives in their respective sectors.
A total of 100 people were involved in the two-hour cleanliness drive which also included cleaning garbage kept on the roadside and in the commercial area. “It is extremely important to keep our surroundings clean. Everyone wants cleanliness but it is also our responsibility to maintain cleanliness,” said Ajay Shukla, a member of the organising committee.