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Dream, Believe, Do, Repeat: How a Pune man’s dream of keeping Alandi clean became true

Chetan Pardeshi, a national youth volunteer with the Nehru Yuva Kendra Pune, has been leading a clean up task force under a ‘Swattcha Pakwada’ programme.

pune Updated: Aug 17, 2017 11:52 IST
Prachi Bari
Prachi Bari
Hindustan Times, Pune
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People from all walks of life have joined him, including working professionals who came forward after reading his post on social media. (HT REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO)

Chetan Pardeshi is a national youth volunteer with the Nehru Yuva Kendra Pune, an autonomous body under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, as well as a Global Youth Ambassador for India at a programme launched by the United Nations.

This young man together with his friends and an NGO named Visionary Fighters, together have taken up the task to clean up Alandi under a ‘Swattcha Pakwada’ programme.

“I am leading this campaign in my block (Haveli taluka ) and began the work on August 1. The areas we cover are more focused on areas in Alandi, a holy place, where a lot had to be cleaned due to its religious practices,” he says. He and his friends have also taken the task of cleaning public places like bus stops, river banks and the main chowk. As of now they have gathered over 80-100 kgs of waste.

“We read a survey which stated that between 2000 and 2025 the waste composition of Indian garbage will undergo changes like organic waste will go up from 40 per cent to 60 per cent, plastic will rise from 4 per cent to 6 per cent, metal will escalate from 1 per cent to 4 per cent, glass will increase from 2 per cent to 3 per cent, paper will climb from 5per cent to 15 per cent and others (ash, sand, grit) will decrease from 47 per cent to 12 per cent. These were my strongest motives to working day in and out to curb this issue.”

People from all walks of life have joined him, including working professionals who came forward after reading his post on social media. “I was going to start it all alone, but there were over 100 people who responded and finally we jotted down a plan to make this happen and we are doing it.”

First Published: Aug 17, 2017 10:11 IST