Pune: Successfully spreading the message of river conservation across 18 river banks, including Pawana Nagar Kale, Shivali Badavli, Thugaon, Shivne, Malwandi, Dhore, Bebadohal, Godumbe and Salunkhe, Jal Abhiyaan organised by Jal Abhiyaan Sanstha concluded on December 21, completing its 15th annual journey this year. The journey started at Pawana Nagar and ended at Morya Gosavi Chinchwad.
Around 15 to 20 participants from several NGOs participated in this campaign. The journey was for two days from Pawana Nagar to Morya Gosavi in boats and visited 18 schools and one college along their way. The participants of Jal Abhiyaan created awareness among the students about the status of rivers in the city and also showed them ways to keep the rivers pollution free.
Manisha Hingne, Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) Filter Operator of Water Supply, said, "The purpose of the abhiyaan was to take an affirmative action for environment, health and spirituality. While travelling from the boat, we noticed plastic waste polluting the water after Salumbre village where urbanisation starts in huge proportion."
Some students from the private college, Tathawade, travelled by boat with the participants from Ravet-Punawale to Thergaon river bank. Divya Jadhav, a college student, said, "Practically we got knowledge on how river gets polluted, the main reasons responsible for it and the ill-effects of such pollution."
Siddhhart Gaikwad, another student, said, "We will share knowledge gained here to our family, friends and others in order to create awareness about the issue."