Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "Swachh Bharat Abhiyan" district unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday held a massive cleanliness drive at the banks of Sutlej river. The drive was carried out to clear the filth and garbage that got collected along the banks of the river during the Chhath Puja festival held recently.
As many as 12 teams of the party carried out the cleanliness drive that started at around 6 am in the city. The teams comprising at least 300 party workers, including women reached the Sutlej river at 10 am and started collecting the trash, and kept burning it till 2pm.
Leftover offerings, including earthen pots, husk and some pictures of gods and goddesses, were collected from different areas of the banks.
District BJP president Praveen Bansal kept on raising the morale of the party workers and asked them that it was 'our' duty to clean the surroundings. Senior deputy mayor Sunita Aggarwal, deputy mayor RD Sharma and others were present during the drive.
Bansal said, "12 teams formed by us started cleaning different sites in various areas of the city early morning. Party workers showed a great deal of enthusiasm and dedication to clean the surroundings."
"It will not be possible to clean the banks of the river in a single go. It will take many such drives to clean the river. We will now launch campaigns so that common residents of the city can be included in such campaigns for better results," Bansal said.
Sunita Aggarwal said remains of the offerings made during Chhath Puja had made the condition of the river banks worse.