Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Making a Difference and National Service Scheme volunteers clean Parade, Pavilion Grounds

Making A Difference, an organisation of youngsters, along with National Service Scheme volunteers, organised a cleanliness drive at Parade and Pavilion Grounds here today.

The volunteers reached Pavilion Ground at 8.30 in the morning. Before the start of the drive, the participants gathered for a two-minute silence for the braveheart who died at a Singapore hospital while battling the grievous injuries suffered by her during the gang-rape in Delhi. Thereafter, a combined force of over 200 ‘Maddians’ and NSS volunteers started the cleaning-up exercise.

As hours passed, piles of polythene, plastic, wrappers and packets were dug out. The toxic waste was removed from the ground. By the afternoon, the MAD and NSS volunteers moved to Parade Ground located opposite to Pavilion Ground. There, volunteers picked up poly bags littered around the place.

“The ambience of Parade Ground needed to undergo a sea change. For this, the grass must be greener and even. At present, it is no different from a semi-arid desert. Second, the cows must be prevented from consuming the waste,” suggested Vishwas Pande, an MAD volunteer, who participated in the cleanliness campaign today.

Another major problem which was identified in the course of the drive was the absence of dustbins at both places. “It is sad to note that there are absolutely no dustbins in the Parade Ground. Furthermore, the umpteen numbers of fairs and carnivals going on here seem to operate without any guideline. In this way, one cannot expect things to change,” adds Gaurav Chamoli, a new MAD member.

Referring to the importance of today’s drive, Abhijay Negi, founder chairperson of MAD said to bid 2012 a farewell on the right note, the Maddians have decided that they would not sit at home for the weekend and would give a few hours for social service.

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