Sunday, September 12, 2010

Before CWG, Citizens Take Up the Job of Cleaning Delhi

As the national capital gears up to host the Commonwealth Games next month, citizens, NGOs and students today undertook cleaning drives and sanitation awareness campaigns in various parts of the city.

A large number of citizens, members of NGOs, market associations, resident welfare associations and students gathered on Parliament Street to mark the 'Clean Delhi Day' under the aegis of Art of Living Foundation of spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

During the drive, part of an ongoing campaign called 'Meri Dilli Meri Yamuna', over 200 truckloads of garbage were removed by citizens. "Over 75,000 children from 432 schools and 6000 students from 30 colleges took part in it," said Rahul Gautam, 'Clean Delhi NCR' campaign coordinator.

Mayor of Delhi Prithvi Raj Sawhney, NDMC Chairman Parimal Rai and MCD Commissioner K S Mehra were present. The Mayor said cleaning the city and spreading mass awareness about health and hygiene were important issues and the civic agency will continue to support such efforts.

On display was a exhibition showcasing the streets of Delhi before and after the drive and pledge boards stretching for almost one kilometre, with signatures by school children and citizens calling for a clean and green Delhi.

Under the drive, Art of Living will also be installing 200 pairs of dustbins (biodegradable and non-biodegradable) in 41 sites in the city.

The Foundation will empower 10 children per participating school as 'clean Delhi champions', who will be given identity cards from MCD, to make Delhi a no-litter zone.

A mass cleaning drive will also be held on the Trilokpuri slums tomorrow as part of the Foundation's integrated community transform programme.   Read More

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