Friday, September 4, 2009

The Morning After.......

Mumbai's most popular festival, Ganesh Chathurthi came to an end on Thursday. 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. There were also several idols on the beach which were brought by the waves after immersion.

Like every year, Indian Development Foundation (IDF) took the lead to cleanup Juhu Beach the morning after the Ganpati immersion.

IDF team in collaboration with
Staff members of Dominos Pizza Ltd.,
Youth volunteers Gyaan Connect,
NSS Volunteers from Mumbai University,
Students from Vivek College of Commerce, Goregaon (W)
Students Podar International School, Santacruz (W)
Volunteers from various Schools/ Colleges in Mumbai

joined hands with Municipal Corporation and various agencies and school students in cleaning Juhu Beach during the morning hours of 4th Sept. 09.

Juhu Beach Cleanup 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.

We could see more volunteers turning up every year to participate in the cleanup drive and feel 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, IDF.

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. Iyer said.

It's an excellent job done by our students participating in the post Ganpati visarjan cleanliness drive, said Mr. Raj Shahi, Regional Manager of Dominos Pizza Ltd., who led 100 volunteers from his Mumbai unit. We need to protect our beach and keep it clean and my friends and I feel happy to do this social service, said Ravi Shelar from Dominos.

The joint efforts of volunteers made it easier for the BMC to clear tonnes of debris from the juhu beach, Priyanka from Gyaan Connect expressed.

It is our duty to keep our beaches clean and ban usage of plastic items, Bhagyashree from Vivek College NSS Unit.

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