Though the authorities concerned seem least bothered about the hygienic conditions of the people living in the slums areas, a handful of volunteer students, including the city-based non-profit organisations- Ludhiana Cares and Assocham Ladies League, have shown the courage to clean up areas filled with garbage near Dana Mandi.
To provide relief to slum dwellers from dust and piles of garbage that can be seen lying everywhere in this area, students of Guru Nanak Institute of Management and Technology (GNIMT), Gujarkhan Campus in Model Town, on Saturday came forward to participate in the cleanliness drive.
After conducting the drive, saplings were planted by the students in the vacated land which had taken a shape of dump from the last several years.
Varinder Singh, a student of GNIMT who participated in the drive for the first time, said, "I am happy to participate in the drive. All political parties, instead of making tall claims, should visit these areas and solve the basic problems of the residents. Spending lavishly on banners and posters would not help but there is a need to understand real issues on the grass-root level."
Suneha Kaushal, another student from GNIMT, said, "The members of Ludhiana Cares came to our college and informed about the drive to be conducted in this area. We tried our best to clean as much mess as possible and planted saplings. Such drives should be conducted more often and youth should actively participate in such activities."
Seeing the clean up drive going on in their area, the children from this Dana Mandi also came forward and actively took part in the drive.
"I will not allow any body to throw garbage here and we will keep the area neat and clean," Jyoti, Class 8 student said. Kiranjot Kaur, head of management and development centre, GNIMT, said, "As many as 50 students from the institute voluntarily participated in the drive."
Harpreet Soin, a member of Assocham, said, "This was our eighth make over drive.
After cleaning up the slum area, saplings were also planted. Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria, who supported the drive, also motivated us to conduct the drive."