National Cleanliness Drive: Aundh residents pick up the broom to keep vegetable markets clean
There are 54 stalls in the vegetable market at Aundhgaon, but only 46 of these stalls are in use. One could see vegetable waste, leaves and squashed leftovers on the floor. The residents, along with some of the stall owners, immediately swung into action and began cleaning the cobwebs and sweeping the floors.pune Updated: Jan 31, 2018 14:56 IST
On the occasion of the National Cleanliness Day on Tuesday, residents of Aundh took the onus to clean their neighbourhood, along with members of Janwani, a NGO working towards solid waste management, and SWaCH.
They demonstrated waste segregation methods and explained to the stall owners at the vegetable market the need to keep the vicinity clean.
Armed with gunny bags, brooms, gloves and masks, the group began to clean the cobwebs from the roofs. “We swept the corridors and also showed the stall owners how to keep it clean so that they can attract more customers,” said Vaishali Patkar, president of the Aundh Vikas Mandal who led the cleanliness drive.
There are 54 stalls in the vegetable market at Aundhgaon, but only 46 of these stalls are in use. When the residents began cleaning, only 10 of these stalls were operational. One could see vegetable waste, leaves and squashed leftovers on the floor. The residents, along with some of the stall owners, immediately swung into action and began cleaning the cobwebs and sweeping the floors. This went on for an hour, and post that, the Janwani group and residents together heard their problems and tried to come up with solutions to keep the market clean.
Hemant Naik of Janwani said, “We demonstrated how one should keep the vegetable market clean and also showed the residents how to segregate the waste and keep their premises clean. This can be done only by including the residents and the shopkeepers who can work together towards a cleaner society.”
Naik further added, “We are also planning to monitor the evenings, especially nights, for many often complained that the residents as well as hawkers deposit their garbage in the only garbage bin exclusively kept for the market.”
Ganesh Shelar owns two stalls inside the vegetable market, said, “I volunteered to help clean up the market. It is true that we have a lot of left over vegetables or leaves that lie on the floor, but we all make it a point to keep the market clean. However, the residents who don’t use the SWaCH ‘seva’ use our garbage bin to deposit mix garbage. How can we stop them? We are supposed to have a watchmen or a security guard employed by the PMC, but we have never seen him in last the five years.”
There are several issues in the market that the residents have seen over the years. “The idea of holding this drive was to also understand what is lacking in our public spaces. We found out that there is a problem of excess use of plastic and also improper way of disposing waste. Hence, we plan to work together to find solutions to the problems that these markets are facing. The cleanliness drive was the first step and the vendors have all promised to use cloth bag and not sell vegetables in plastic bags,”said Ganesh Kalapure.