About 25 members of the I-Clean Nagpur group cleaned the walking track of Ambazari lake this Sunday morning, and collected about fifteen bags of garbage, which included discarded thermocol pieces, gutkha sachets, chocolate wrappers, water bottles, snack bags, footwear, etc. The drive elicited positive responses from the other walkers present there. This is their 215th spot in the region.
It is the groupâ€™s thought that cleanliness is next to godliness, and a clean surrounding will automatically promote a healthy environment for all citizens. Working on this ideology, planners of this volunteering group also ensured that adequate precautions were taken to safeguard the health of the participants during this activity. This included the compulsory use of hand-gloves, masks, shoes, sanitisers, etc. Everyone was urged to carry their own drinking water, and participants were also asked to maintain safe distance while working.
These clean-up drives have not only got support from the general public, but are backed by NMC, which actively participates in these drives and supports the team, by providing necessary equipment and manpower for removal and disposal of the collected garbage. In a connected activity, the team is also actively supporting the civic administration in implementing the much needed ban on single-use plastics. Members undertake periodical drives to educate vendors and the common man about this menace, which causes damage to our environment, livestock and human life.
Age is no barrier for this group. They have volunteers ranging from 10 to 65+ year-olds who contribute in their own ways, towards the cleanliness and beautification of our city. Members include persons from many vocations, including students, housewives, young children, CA, doctors, lawyers, teachers, business persons, IT professionals, retired persons, and others. Anyone with a sincere will to clean and beautify our city, is welcome to join this voluntary organisation. Earlier spots cleaned and beautified by this team include railway stations, bus stops, schools, colleges, old age homes, hospitals, Mokshadham, busy squares, hostels, remand homes, culverts, parking zones, police stations, and other places of public interest.
The I-Clean group specialises in cleaning the area and then painting the walls with cleanliness-related messages and attractive Warli designs, which are native to this region. This painting activity is presently suspended due to the prevailing covid situation. The group has recently completed seven years of their formation.
To fund their activities, each volunteer makes a minimum contribution of â‚¹50 every month. Some voluntary contributions are also received from citizens at each spot. It is the groupâ€™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 â€˜Iâ€™ before â€˜Youâ€™. 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. They also requested residents to help maintain the cleanliness of the beautified spot by adopting proper methods of garbage disposal as also through continuous vigil. People of all ages and vocations can voluntarily be a part of these efforts.
You can like their Instagram page or call Ajinkya on 8421930862 or Jaideep on 7743994550 to be a part of this selfless group that is making efforts to make Nagpur really a clean and smart city.