Since its inception, people have wholeheartedly embraced the Prime Minister’s ambitious project Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, which has objectives that include making India Open-Defecation Free by 2019 and cleaning the streets, roads and infrastructure of India’s 4,041 statutory cities and towns. In this direction, a group of residents in Jodhpur have taken it upon themselves to keep their cities clean through innovative means.
If you were to venture out into the Kamla Nagar area of Jodhpur, you would be surprised to see waste bins tied to all the cars– be it a 90s WagonR or a luxurious Audi. India Today reports that the residents of the area are moving around in these cars collecting trash in their bins for proper disposal, as and when they can, irrespective of where they are going.
In a way, the residents have turned their cars into mobile dustbins, after being inspired by PM Modi’s message of cleanliness.
“It is sad to see the environment polluted. We must not just focus on cleaning the city, but the country too. PM Modi started a mission to clean this country, and we must support it,” said Mohommad Yusuf a resident of the area to ANI.
Another resident, Gopal, added: “I collect the garbage, put it in a bucket and dump it in the dumping yard. I have been carrying out this activity for a week, and I feel happy to be doing this.”
Early last month, Jodhpur was ranked 209th for cleanliness in the nation, as part of Government’s ‘Swachh Survekshan’ survey, which ranked 500 cities across the country based on urban sanitation. So, the Blue city still has a long way to go.
However, these good samaritans of Jodhpur have shown that cleanliness drives and initiatives need not always come from the top, and common people too can take the helm in keeping their cities clean.