Sarabha Nagar market: Post-cleanliness drive, back to filth

A day after a cleanliness drive was carried out by the Municipal Corporation, A2Z, the garbage collection company, and others at the Sarabha Nagar market, it was back to filth here on Sunday.

The drive was carried out by the Municipal Corporation and A2Z along with Aagaz Charitable Foundation, Maheeda (NGOS) and CityHawk-Ludhiana, a web portal on Facebook. The drive was supported by the students of College of Home Science, PAU. MC Commissioner Rakesh Verma had also participated.

However, the youngsters did not learn any lessons, as they were seen throwing wrappers and packets the same way as they used to earlier instead of using the dustbins.

Moreover, the illegal food vendors who were removed on Friday evening were back again at the market. They were also not using dustbins and were throwing garbage on the road and pavements.

Despite heavy rainfall on Saturday, the students were seen enthusiastically picking wrappers of candies, chips packets, pop-corn packets and other wrappers of various eatables from the market and roadsides. The idea was to create awareness among the residents that it was their duty as well to make the city clean, said Preeti Kansal from Aagaz Charitable foundation.

"Ludhiana was declared as the most polluted city of the world in a leading magazine a few days ago. As we are aware, the citizens of Ludhiana are facing many health problems due to pollution all around. It's high time we got together as a family and eradicated this hazard," Rakesh Verma said.

The NGOs maintained that it would be an ongoing project and they would continue to create awareness in different areas of the city.

B P S Chauhan, vice president, A2Z Waste Management Company, said: "It is just a beginning. With this initiative, we are confident that every citizen's attention is drawn towards environment."

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