When the mound of garbage piling on the road between Nanded Bridge and Kirkatwadi started to emit a foul smell 150 residents of of Kirkatwadi, a village bordering Pune city on Sinhagad road, decided to take quick action.
Despite several appeals to the civic authorities to clear the waste, they realised that no active steps were being taken. That is when these residents led by the Kirkatwadi Development Forum (KDF), joined hands to clear it themselves on Sunday morning.
The cleanliness drive was a roaring success, and the residents managed to clear over four truckloads of garbage!
The Kirkatwadi Development Forum, which consists of various housing society residents and like-minded youth, mobilised citizens through Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp to join the drive reported the Hindustan Times.
Over 150 people from all walks of life donned masks and hand gloves, (supplied by the Panchayat) and cleaned the area in just a matter of a few hours.
The villagers even offered their JCB machines and trucks to remove the garbage.
“The volume of garbage was so high that it needed four trucks to remove the trash from the spot,” Maruti Kharmute told HT.
Apart from cleaning up the garbage, the citizens also personally requested commuters along the road to avoid littering the area.
The next plan of action of the KDF alongside local bodies is to put up notice boards and placards to promote cleanliness among people to avoid dumping trash in the area.
They are also considering deploying four security guards to keep litterers in check.
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