There is a need to raise awareness among the citizens regarding what exactly a wet waste and a dry waste is. Various branches of the Lions Club in the city have taken the initiative to make Nagpur a smart, clean and green city.
About 27 Lions Club members held a discussion with the NMC Commissioner, Abhijit Bangar on Friday regarding the matter. Appreciating and welcoming the decision of the Lions Club, other organizations have also urged the Commissioner to take the initiative to make people understand the importance of proper disposal of dry and wet waste.
Nagpur Municipal Corporation has been emphasizing the importance of cleanliness among the people under the Cleanliness Campaign.
NMC Commissioner Abhijit Bangar said “A seven-week program has been created under the IEC and every week a public awareness campaign will be held on a topic related to cleanliness. Cleanliness is being raised through radio, TV, theater, etc. But unless the participation of the people is increased, the purpose of the mission will not be achieved.
“The system of garbage collection in Nagpur city has changed from November 01, 2019. This is a radical change. The Municipal Corporation is trying to get people to practice garbage disposal. He congratulated all the members of the NGOs, saying that NGOs themselves are conducive to raising awareness and promoting public participation,” he further added.
Commissioner Abhijit Bangar, Additional Commissioner Ram Joshi, Divisional President of Lions Club Sanjay Pandey, Deputy District Governor of Lions Adv. Sandeep Khandelwal, Vinod Jaiswal along with other members were also present during the meeting.
The members also discussed what different measures can be taken to improve the waste disposal system of the city. It was decided that on Saturday and Sunday, members of the Lions will visit different society in the city to guide them on how to dispose of wet and dry waste. One member suggested that the municipality should make a presentation in a movie format for people to better understand the idea of waste segregation.
The Lions Club will also donate two separate litter boxes in some areas. Members of the Lions Club also suggested that the sidewalks in Nagpur city should be cleared, tree branches should be cut which are leaning on the sidewalks and creating hurdles for the commuters, there should be continuity in the presence of cleaning staff, guardianship of parks and ponds in Nagpur city should be given to NGOs. On behalf of the Lions Club, Vinod Jaiswal expressed his gratitude towards NMC’s cooperation for the idea.
Lions Club members present at the meeting included Prem Vyas, Divakar Patne, Ajit Ranade, Rahul Verma, Satish Jain, Naresh Jumani, Lata Khedkar, Jayant Khedkar, Dilip Kukade, T. S. Bhatia, Anil Matthew, Drs. Ramesh Barskar, Dilip Talwar, Arun Kulkarni, Sanjay Pandey, Dr. Dilip Fugue, Dr. D. T Khobragade, Dr. Amita Khobragade, Dr. Arvind Butley, Dr. N. T Deshmukh, Dr. Ravindra Hunkale, Abhay Verma, Ajay Hivarkar, Amin Dhamani, Shravan Kumar, Praveen Saran, Jitendra Mahajan, Sanjay Arya, Sarang Dhok, Rakesh Gupta and others.