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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Save Yamuna

Posters like the one below, have been put up across Delhi for over a month now.

Charu - my friend and fellow blogger, who also happens to be a regular visitor of Delhi Photo Diary -yesterday called to say that he was going to accompany his mother, Ms Rakshita Verma, to clean the river Yamuna. I jumped at the first hint of an invitation to clean the river, on the banks of which my city - Delhi rests.

Soon after we reached the river (at 7 in the morning), we were given gloves and masks and were asked not to waste a single minute and start cleaning. Wearing the gloves and masks made me feel like a surgeon. Lolz.

Here is Rakshita aunty masked for the task.
The cleanliness drive was organised by Art of Living foundation, which runs under the auspices of Shri Shri Ravi Shankar.
While most of the women decided to clean the river bank, men jumped on the boats to fish out polythene bags and other garbage loitering the river.

Huge bags of garbage were collected just within an hour of the cleanliness drive.

Hopefully the drive is a step in the right direction. The river, which was once the lifeline of the city has now become a liability for the population living in the India capital. But then it is the same population, which has to be blamed for the river turning into sewerage runnel.

12 comments:

R. Ramesh said...

vallah...noble task...congrats to all those who participated..a spl pat to PK who happens to be my gr8 friend...:)

yamini said...

Congratulations Priyanka and Charu, Good job.

And kudos to Rakshita aunty as well for being such a noble inspiration for you.

Aditi said...

I used to see this poster everyday, en route to Gurgaon. I was optimistic that the drive, initated by Shri Shri Ravi Shankar would be successful. M really happy and proud that you participated in it. Kudos to Charu and Rakshita aunty as well. At least some of us went ahead and tried doing it ourselves rather than just cribbing about how dirty and stinky Yamuna is..you truly are a 'Dilwali' Dilliwali :-)

thoughtbubbles said...

It's always great to see people taking action to change things. As a fellow citizen, I must say 'Thanks' for doing this!

magiceye said...

great act! hope someone out there takes the movement forward

humanobserver said...

Great job!

On the FLY said...

Congrats Priyanka...This is really a noble cause...

People like us keep thinking about it and great people like you do it...

Vishesh

nituscorner said...

great job!!!! keep it up!!!!

SloganMurugan said...

It's not just Yamuna, it's the same story everywhere. More power to you guys for cleaning up the Yamuna.

Abraham said...

I understand there is a huge island of trash in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and most of it is plastic.

It is good that you were able to help the river out by cleaning up some of the trash people left there.

Water is our most precious resource and I think the next world war will be fought over drinking water. I hope it doesn't happen but the river might end up being your only source of water. At least some fear that will eventually happen.

I chose a picture I took 55 years ago of my Patty wearing a red dress. On April Fool's Day, April 1, 1955.

I gave her a diamond engagement ring, and today, April 1, 2010 is my entry for theme day on my Brookville Daily Photo blog.

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

Hats off to you! If every citizen gave one hour, you would make the wonderful transformation happen! Keep on making your effort. Thank you for sharing news of your city for the rest of the world!!!

Jan
GDP

Sangita said...

thank u! at least we 'the people living down stream (agra) will receive that many polythene bags less.

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