650 tonnes of garbage collected from Mahim Beach!

650 tonnes of garbage collected from Mahim Beach!

Indranil Sengupta and Rabia Tewari, from Mumbai, started collecting garbage after receiving a personal setback. It was in July-August last year when they shifted to a sea-facing apartment, they would see the heaps of garbage. The pitiable condition of the beach saddened them. So she dialed the BMC helpline. Every time she would call them, they would say, we are sending someone to pick up the waste, but no one would come. So they decided to clean the beach every weekend. Inspired by Afroz Shah, beach-cleanup poster boy, they wore a pair of gloves each, headed towards the beach and started cleaning it. They were accompanied by two volunteers that day. That was the start. Since then the couple goes to the beach every weekend sharp at 8 AM and clean it for two hours. By next month, this Mumbai couple would reach 50th week of their mission: to keep Mahim Beach clean and plastic free. This week was their 46th and till now they have collected 650 tonnes of waste, with roughly 20 tonnes of garbage being collected every weekend. Their efforts were also awarded by UN Environment Head, Erik Solheim, on World Environment Day 2018. This couple not only cleans waste; they also ensure sand isn't collected. Currently, 19 ground staff and two trucks are deployed to clean the entire 3-4km stretch from Mahim to Prabhadevi, as against the required 60-70 members and three excavators. The duo has also conducted awareness campaigns for Koli villagers, who openly dump their waste close to the sea. They hope that the civic body would come to collect them, but that hardly happens. So to avoid any further dumping, the couple has installed bins for them. They have also asked the BMC to install filtration system/mesh at the sea-meeting area.

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