Fed up with the accumulating waste that had been left unchecked in Mumbai’s Poisar river, a group of concerned citizens came together to take up the initiative of cleaning it.
Working hard in a span of five Sundays, these Mumbaikars have already cleared the river of 1.47 lakh kg of waste!
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River March, as the group calls itself, consists of 150 people living in and around Mumbai. They used machines to clear most of the trash, but in places where machines couldn’t be used these men and women cleared the waste with their own hands.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, Tejas Shah, a member of River March said, “During one of our surveys, we saw that Poisar was choking with plastic and we estimated that the garbage in it could weigh up to thousands of tonnes. We saw people living close to such filth, defecating in the open and decided to do something about it. We used all our resources to gather like-minded people and started cleaning it.”
They also reached out to city authorities to help them get the project started. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) sent workers to clean the trash alongside them for two of the Sundays. Thanks to their collective effort, an entire stretch in Kranti Nagar, Kandivali, is now cleaner than it has been in years.
The trash, accumulated partly due to the illegal slums in the area, had been choking away aquatic life-forms and making the river more toxic by the day. Members of the group had to sometimes reach deep into the riverbed in order to clear the trash. They made sure they had the requisite gloves and masks to ensure they didn’t fall sick as a result of the cleaning process.
Their achievement has given the group great cause to celebrate. However, this gang is just getting started; they next plan on organising similar clean-up drives across the city.