Mumbai's most popular festival, Ganesh Chathurthi came to an end on Sunday. Several thousands of Ganesh idols were immersed in various beaches in Mumbai. The after effect of this festival could be seen in various beaches with piled up flowers, coconuts, plastic bags, food packets and litters left behind by the festival revellers.
Indian Development Foundation in collaboration with the students of Podar International School, Santacruz (W) and NSS volunteers from Vivek College of Commerce, Goregaon (W) joined hands with BMC and various agencies and school students in cleaning Juhu Beach during the morning hours of 15th Sept. 08.
Juhu Beach Cleanliness drive received immense support from school and college student groups, NCC and NSS volunteers in Mumbai along with several NGOs and corporates lending hand to BMC in clearing the after-effects of idol immersion.
The students actively participated in the cleanliness drive and felt happy in doing their social responsibility, expressed Mrs. Priya Dutt MP. I am happy to see young students shouldering the responsibility of keeping our Juhu Beach clean, she said.
Lord Ganesha, the harbinger of love and remover of obstacles blessed Mumbaikars and it is the responsibility of every citizen to clear up the left-over of the festival revellers, said Dr. Narayan Iyer, national co-ordinator, Indian Development Foundation.
The total effort by the students and volunteers is appreciative and we could see juhu beach with sparkling yellow sand once the debris strewn is removed, Dr. Narayan Iyer added.
It's an excellent job done by our students participating in the post Ganpati visarjan cleanliness drive, said Mrs. Sarala Gavane, CAS Co-ordinator of Podar International School. We need to protect our beach and keep it clean and my friends and I feel happy to do this social service, said Isha, a student of Podar School.
It is our duty to keep our beaches clean and ban usage of plastic items, said Vidya Padmanabhan, PRO of Vivek College NSS Unit.