The historic Dandi beach of Gujarat is one of the cleanest beaches in the state, all because of the efforts of one man who is highly determined to keep it clean. Kalu Dangar, a resident of Dandi village in Navsari district, has been on a clean-up mission of the beach for the past four years now.
Every day at 6:30 am, the social scientist leaves his house with a large waste collection bag. He then picks up litter spread by visitors for straight two hours, covering an area of 3 square kilometres on the beach.
Picture for representation only. Source: Siddhesh Mangela/Flickr
Following this, he cleans the main entrance and the garden, also filling up the 2,000 litre overhead water tank for the visitors. To be able to continue with this activity, Kalu collects Rs. 100 from the shop owners on the beach every month.
“I always ask the visitors to throw the litter in the dustbin. They do not follow my plea, and throw the litter on beach,” he told The Times of India.
Kalu is in this 40’s and, thanks to his hard work the Dandi village continues to have one of the cleanest and most peaceful beaches in Gujarat. It is located on the coast of the Arabian Sea near the city of Navsari.