Pimpri: A cleanliness drive organised by Sakal Media Group (SMG) at Pavana Ghat in Chinchwad received an overwhelming response from citizens from all walks of life on Monday. The citizens collected two truckloads of garbage during the drive, which took two hours.
PCMC Commissioner Shravan Hardikar, Mayor Nitin Kalaje and members of NGOs also took part in the drive, which was organised on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The people participating in this drive resolved to dedicate two hours per week for conducting the cleanliness drive in their areas.
The PCMC has introduced this initiative to ensure maximum participation of people in maintaining cleanliness in their areas. Around 500 participants from over 40 organisations participated in the drive.
Hardikar said the PCMC is working in ‘mission mode’ for making the city clean in three months.
He said, “We are appealing to people to dedicate two hours a week for cleanliness. The PCMC is chalking out a plan for making this drive successful. We expect that every citizen of the city will participate in this drive. This initiative is going to be a success only if we ensure large-scale participation of citizens. Citizens are expected to participate in cleanliness drive from 8 am to 10 am every Sunday. The PCMC Health Department will extend all possible help to these cleanliness drives.”
Veteran social activist Girish Prabhune, Deputy Mayor Shailaja More, Leader of the House in PCMC Eknath Pawar, Standing Committee Chairperson Seema Savale, Leader of Opposition Yogesh Behl and corporator Bhausaheb Bhoir also participated in the drive.
Member of organisations including Krantiveer Chaphekar Smarak Samiti, Samrasata Punurutthan Gurukul, Patanjali Yogpeeth, Pimpri Chinchwad Citizen Forum, Senior Citizen’s Forum, Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh, Soham Yog Sadhana Centre and Police Mitra Mandal also took part in the drive.