The financial capital of India ‘Mumbai’ is one of the biggest hub for all migrants .As the population grows so as the pollution and dirt and its the responsibility of citizens to keep city clean apart from the government authorities.
This time Dharmesh Barai ,young Mumbaikar with his team which consisted of 30 volunteers from Mumbai from the age group 8-65 years. took this task to clean garbage from the waterfalls and make them natural as they should be.
They named their team as ‘Environment Life Team’which is restoring nature since October 2, 2016. with the motto- “My Waste, My Responsibility.”
They visited 16 waterfalls on the outskirts of Mumbai and nailed the task of making them litter-free on Independence Day. They collected around 1ton of garbage from the waterfalls in the course of the cleanliness drive.
“We found 80 percent bottles and food wrappers among the garbage and would like to appeal to Mumbaikars to stop treating our beautiful waterfalls like open bars. Just like they carry all the full bottles up, they should be responsible enough to carry back the empty bottles and other waste back and dump it in a nearby garbage bin instead of the waterfall,”He stated to TOI.
They collected all kinds of biodegradable garbage from waterfalls in Tapalwadi, Jummapatti, Khopoli, Pandavkada, Chinchoti, Anandwadi, Kondeshwar, Bhivpuri, Palasdari, Ambewadi, Kharghar, Prabalmachi and Vadap .
“People treat waterfalls like picnic spots and enjoy but don’t clean up afterward. Since many waterfalls are not designated picnic spots there aren’t garbage bins and the villages nearby do not even have ghanta gadis to pick up the garbage. The Nagar Sevaks at the remote areas says that the limited funds they have do not help them to arrange for garbage collection from there,” the 64-year-old team member said.
“Mumbaikars should be environment-sensitive and avoid littering birds and animals in the vicinity are harmed by this non-biodegradable waste too. We need to increase awareness. There are quite a few Bollywood celebrities, who care about their environment and it would be really great if they could talk about waterfall clean-up on their social media. This will surely give this drive the boost it needs. We need to save our beautiful waterfalls,” Dharmesh said.
Their efforts are worth applauding as they are ever-ready to clean the garbage spill by others and gave a teaching that everyone is surely responsible of their waste.