Friday, March 31

Students on green mission to clean up neighbourhood pond

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When experts, environmentalists, and NGOs are raising concerns about India’s impending water crisis after the extreme water shortage in major Indian cities, particularly in Chennai, a group of 12 youngsters took it upon themselves to clean a choked pond at Muraripukur near Ultadanga and undertake a sensitization drive to protect the waterbodies from illegal dumping of garbage and sewage waste.

The four-hour clean up drive by 12 members of the citizens’ group, ‘Jal Jangal Jameen’, cleaned 100 kilograms of waste comprising chip wrappers, pet bottles, plastic bags and styrofoam. Nilotpal Das, a graduate from Rabindra Bharati University in classical guitar, said: “The initiative was taken up to make people aware that waterbodies should not be used as illegal dumping of wastage. The pond was absolutely choked with waste. The water has turned murky and there was a foul smell all around. It was also a huge threat to the health of the people in the neighbourhood.”

Few locals, too, tweaked their Sunday morning plans and helped the young group to clean up the pond. Wearing gloves and mask, many waded into the water to collect the waste accumulated inside. “It was not possible to clean the entire pond as we needed more hands. A major part of the pond was cleaned and saplings were planted on the sides. We will soon decide on the next clean up drive for the remaining portion,” said Das.

“We initiated an environmental movement by discarding plastic bags, cups and containers. We are carrying earthern bottles, cups, environment-friendly containers with us for daily use. Moreover, we are urging people to gift saplings of Krishnachura, Neem, Shishu, Guava on weddings and birthdays,” said Chhandak Chatterjee. He added that on July 21, they will plant as many saplings as possible at Ayodhya hill.


Source: Times of India

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