Hundreds of volunteers will work together to turn Kolkata and Howrah ghats spotless after thousands descend on the Hooghly for tarpan on Mahalaya and thereon continue the clean-Ganges drive throughout out the year.
The ghat-cleaning work will be carried out by Beach Warriors, one of Mumbai’s most-trusted names when it comes to private beach clean up initiatives. The group will come to the city with its trusted band of volunteers to raise a green army here to protect the ghats throughout the year. The project has been christened ‘Harvesting Plastic’ and will be formally announced on Saturday.
Chinu Kwatra, chief of the Mumbai initiative, agreed to extend his experiment to Kolkata when he was approached by some environment-conscious citizens from the city. Kwatra created history when his team managed to remove 2,200 tonnes of garbage from seven beaches of Mumbai over 100 weeks.
A band of Beach Warriors is being created for Kolkata comprising college students and environment-conscious youths involved in social service in various city NGOs. The volunteers will be divided in two teams and positioned in 10 ghats of Kolkata and Howrah. They will work on weekends and all public holidays to keep the ghats plastic and garbage free.
The initiative will start on Mahalaya and Kwatra himself will monitor the activities at Mullickbazar Ghat, which is one of the worst affected. The other ghats that are being taken up for immediate cleaning and the plastic/garbage-free pledge are Kashi Mitra Ghat, Kumartuli Ghat, Bagbaazar Maayer Ghat, Babughat, Baje Kadamtala Ghat, Nimta Ghat, Telkal Ghat, Ramkrishnapur Ghat and Salkia Bandha Ghat.
A few social organisations have joined hands to gift the project to the city this pujas. While Oakbridge Foundation and Culture Monks are at the forefront, the other partners of the project are Rotary Culb of Midwest, Masterpeace, Alliance Francaise du Bengale, iLead and Life Project 4 Youth (LP4Y).
“While the entire project will run with the help of volunteers, we will need the support of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation for garbage disposal. The KMC has agreed to take it up as a conservancy model and is partnering with us,,” said Sudipta Dawn, the spokesperson for the project in the city.
Source: Times of India