150 Pune residents clear four truckloads of garbage after organising cleanliness drive through social media
The cleanliness drive was organised by Kirkatwadi Development Forum (KDF), whose members, with the help of residents from Kirkatwadi, made the cleanliness drive a success on Sunday morning.Updated: Feb 12, 2018, 23:41 IST
With a determination to keep their neighbourhood environment clean and healthy, over 150 residents of Kirkatwadi, a village bordering Pune city on Sinhagad road, came together and cleaned heaps of garbage dumped along the road near the locality.
The cleanliness drive was organised by Kirkatwadi Development Forum (KDF), whose members, with the help of residents from Kirkatwadi, made the cleanliness drive a success on Sunday morning.
“Heaps of garbage was being piled up along the road between Nanded Bridge and Kirkatwadi near National Water Academy. The garbage dumped along the roads was rotting and emanating a foul smell as well.
“The garbage pile was posing a danger to the health of local residents as it was not being removed quickly by the authorities,” said Prakash Pawar of KDF.
He said that the Kirkatwadi Development Forum, a group formed by residents living in various housing societies, and some like-minded youth of Kirkatwadi, decided to address the issue and created a buzz for the cleanliness drive through social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp.
Member of parliament from Baramati, Supriya Sule, in her tweet appreciating the efforts of the forum, appealed people living in the vicinity to join the cleanliness drive.
Maruti Kharmute said that a lot of people showed enthusiasm on social media and expressed their willingness to join the campaign. On Sunday, over 150 people, including children, men and women from the village, took up the challenge and cleaned the area within a few hours.
He added that local residents of the village even gave their JCB machines and trucks to remove the garbage.
“The volume of garbage was so high that it needed four trucks to remove the trash from the spot,” added Kharmute.
Members of the forum, while cleaning up the garbage, appealed commuters to not litter the area henceforth. “We appealed people to not throw their garbage henceforth and keep the area clean and healthy,” said Prashant Hagawane.
During the drive, the gram panchayat of Kirkatwadi also extended its help by making cleaning equipment available to volunteers. Volunteers were also given masks and hand gloves during the drive.
The KDF has decided to team up with the local bodies and put up notice boards and placards along the road so that people will stop throwing trash in the region.
"At least four security guards need to be deployed to refrain people from throwing garbage in the region," said Sagar Hagawane.