Vishrantwadi’s ragpickers clean up roads

Neha Basudkar
Sunday, 8 July 2018

Sunanda Patil said, “We do not pick up plastic bottles and leftovers of food every year during the Palkhi procession, but we are doing it this year because many people have fallen because of slipping on banana peels.”

PUNE: While citizen groups distributed food packets, fruits, biscuits, water bottles, etc to warkaris in the city on Saturday, ragpickers from the slums of Vishrantwadi came onto the streets to pick up the litter that was left behind.

Sunanda Patil, a ragpicker from Phulenagar slum of Vishrantwadi, said, “We do not pick up plastic bottles and leftovers of food every year during the Palkhi procession, but we are doing it this year because many people have fallen because of slipping on banana peels.”

Tanabai Tonde, another ragpicker from another slum area of Vishrantwadi, said, “We are going to sell water bottles and earn money from it. We have picked up many water bottles from the roadside.” Kaliash More, another ragpicker from the same area, said that the conservancy staff of Pune Municipal Corporation cleans the roads after the Palkhi moves ahead. “But we are cleaning the roads now because people using them are facing problems,” he added.

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