About 50 members from I-Clean Nagpur, in association with Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprise, Development Institute, Nagpur (MSME-ID) and some local residents cleaned garbage from the semi dried-up bed of Sonegaon Lake.
This is their 167th spot in the region. They collected about 30 bagfuls of discarded material from the spot, including plastic sachets, footwear, clothes, bottles, etc. Many undissolved idols could also be seen in the lake.
The members appealed to all visitors and passers-by to stop littering the heritage lake, in the interest of cleanliness, hygiene and the environment.
The aim of the I-Clean movement is not only to clean dirty spots but also to make people aware and make them contribute towards Swachhta in every possible way. With the aim of spreading the message of clean living to every Nagpurian, the I-Clean team also encourages people to use cloth bags for their daily shopping.
Age is no barrier for this group. They have volunteers ranging from 12 to 60+ year-olds who contribute in their own ways, towards the cleanliness and beautification of our city.
To fund their activities, each volunteer makes a minimum contribution of 50 rupees every month. Some voluntary contributions are also received from citizens at each spot. The clean-up drives have not only got support from the general public but are also backed by NMC and KRML who actively participate in clean-up drives and support by providing necessary equipment for removal and disposal of garbage.
It is the group’s vision that every city in India should have an I-Clean team and each citizen should follow the cleanliness regime.
With I-clean, it is ‘I’ before ‘You’. It is in the name – I should do it rather than asking you to do it.
The group has made an appeal to all the like-minded people of Nagpur to join them in their zest for cleaning and beautifying the city. People of all ages and vocations can voluntarily be a part of these efforts.
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