Schoolkids decide to clean up capital

The mounting heaps of garbage, rampant usage of polythene bags, and now the additional eyesore — dug up city roads, Delhiites have long been deemed insensitive when it comes to the cleanliness of the city.

Now, more than six lakh city students have pledged for the cause by participating in an art competition and are all geared up for some action. They will be taking the responsibility of ensuring the maintenance and cleanliness of sites close to their locations.
This is a part of the program initiated by NGO, Art of Living, which is engaging around 1,500 private, government and special schools across Delhi and the NCR to volunteer for the “Clean Delhi Drive” for “Meri Delhi Meri Yamuna” for Commonwealth Games.
For Tanmay Nath, a student from the city, much before beautification, the environment should be a priority. “And we can start the process of change right from our house or school,” he says.
“These are simple things which can bring about positive changes to enhance the city. There are a few places that don’t have dustbins; we can bring that to the notice of the authorities and get them installed. Why do we still use polythene bags when these have been banned?” says Reena Jain, a Delhi Public School student.
Without doubt, the attempt is appreciable, but will it prove to be a long-lasting solution and bring about a much-need behavioral change among Delhi residents? “Yes, definitely. It’s not only about spreading awareness among the youth, it is a sustainable program. Starting from a location close to their school or home, the students can take it further to the entire city,” informs Sangeeta Anand of Art of Living.
Also, 36 strategic CWG sites will be selected for cleanliness drives including key tourist spots, market places and historical monuments. As part of the drive, which was launched by HRD minister Kapil Sibal, music concerts and street plays will be held in educational institutions to motivate students to join the campaign that will end on Sept 12, which is Clean Delhi Day.

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