More than 9.20 lakh sites across the country hosted a mega cleanliness drive, “Swachhata Hi Seva,” on Sunday. As part of the nationwide initiative, a cleanliness drive was organized at Powai Lake by the Powai Police. The event was attended by Mumbai Police, NSG commandos, school students, MLA Dilip Lande, and famous actors of Marathi cinema, Harshada Khanvilkar and Sanjay Narvekar. The initiative was conducted under the leadership of Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone-X) Datta Nalavde and Powai Police Station Senior Police Inspector Jitendra Sonawane.
Under the national campaign ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’, a cleanliness campaign was conducted by the Municipal Administration from 10 am to 11 am on Sunday, with the aim of convincing Mumbaikars of the importance of cleanliness. This initiative was jointly implemented by the Mumbai Municipal Corporation and the Mumbai Police. Around 178 places in Mumbai were cleaned as part of this initiative.
The cleanliness campaign was organized from 7 to 8 a.m. in Powai by various organizations, NGOs, volunteers, social organizations, and politicians at various places such as parks, schools, colleges, religious places, and markets. However, the main attraction was the cleanliness drive organized by Powai Police under the Brihanmumbai Police Zone X at the Powai Lake immersion ghat. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone-X) Datta Nalavde, Senior Police Inspector (Powai Police Station) Jitendra Sonawane, Police Inspector Vijay Dalvi, Police Inspector Ganesh Patil, Local MLA Dilip Lande, NSG Commando, Actress Harshada Khanwilkar, Actor Sanjay Narvekar, a large number of school and college students, local citizens, and police personnel participated in the drive.
On this occasion, the participants cleaned the Powai Lake area and also took a pledge of cleanliness, a plastic ban, and zero waste.
Speaking on the occasion, actress Harshada Khanwilkar said, the habit of cleanliness should be inculcated from childhood. It starts from home and through parents. If we keep our house and surroundings clean regularly, we can avoid many problems.
Morning walkers clean Heritage Park
Swayamsevaks who come for morning walks at Atal Bihari Vajpayee Udyan (Heritage Udyan) in Hiranandani participated in a cleanliness drive by cleaning the park area in the morning.
CCWA members come forward to clean Chandivali
Fed up with the inaction of the BMC to clear the garbage in front of the public park in Chandivali, the residents of Chandivali took the matter into their own hands and conducted a cleanliness drive in the area on Sunday.
After Chief Minister Eknath Shinde gave the order, the municipality began a cleanliness drive. However, Chandivali residents do not seem to have benefited from this campaign. They have repeatedly raised the issue of garbage being dumped in front of Meenatai Thackeray Maidan and in front of the hospital, but despite repeated assurances, the BMC does not seem to be taking any action.