Every Sunday is observed as ‘Safai Sundays’ by these youngsters who since December 27 last have been roped in by Project Surat, the NGO that works for an eco-friendly smart city and encourages residents to spend Sunday mornings “responsibly”.
On International Day of Action for Rivers which fell on this Sunday, the youngsters cleaned up the Tapi riverfront near Dutch Garden.
The participants are asked to volunteer for an hour every Sunday from 7.45 am to 9 am for the cleaning drives which are followed by awareness talks on zero waste living, waste segregation and organic lifestyle.
“In the past nine weeks we have collected over 2.5 tonnes of garbage under this movement. We are eager to do more for all public spots,” said Naimesh Jariwala, a core member of Project Surat.
In the last two years, nearly 30 tonnes of waste has been collected through more than 40 such cleanliness drives in Surat, Dandi and Dwarka among other places. The efforts by Project Surat vis-a-vis waste reduction and environment awareness have been acknowledged by the Surat Municipal Corporation.
For the next ‘Safai Sundays’, the team is promoting a mega campaign through which 15 spots have been identified so that people residing in the closest proximity can reach to their preferred location and volunteer for cleanliness drive.
“It is important for people to consider their city streets and river as their own home. It is with this intent that the idea was born. We are also hosting talks to educate denizens about segregating religious waste from plastic –both of which end polluting the river water and harming animals,” said Akash Bansal, founding member of Project Surat.