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CFGD cleans the Anarwala Jungle Road

Dr Nitin Pandey

15-April-2012

What should have been a pleasant walk through the forest, with pleasant jungle air, was in fact a stretch to be hurried through, with a handkerchief covering the nose. The one kilometer jungle road between Jakhan & Anarwala in Dehra Dun, passing through dense sal trees, was littered with garbage dumped on both sides.

CFGD cleans up Anarwala Jungle Road
The group


“I used to feel extremely sad seeing the garbage on roadside as I passed through it” said Bizeith Banerjee, a resident of the area. “There is a total absence of collection of house hold waste from the villages in the area and the nearest garbage bin is 2 kms away, so it is easier for residents to simply throw all their garbage in the jungle” she laments. The fact that half the road comes under Anarwala Gram Sabha and the other half under Jakhan Municipal Ward, makes the road literally a no man’s land.

35 volunteers from Citizens For Green Doon, Pestalozzi and local residents joined force on Sunday morning and started picking up garbage. Soon the magnitude of the task became apparent. “Under the freshly fallen leaves, are layers and layers of garbage, thrown over years on both sides of the road” remarked Vineeta Bhardwaj, a member of CFGD. Everything ranging from bathroom mirrors to bed sheets and kitchen waste was found.

“Picking up the garbage from road side, I realized today that I too have been guilty of such misdeeds” said Daljinder SSingh, a Class 9 student of St. Thomas College. “The hard work in picking up what others have thrown made me conscious of the effort someone else must have put in to pick up all the chips packets and toffee wrappers I’ve been throwing everywhere” he remarked. “It would be an eye opener to make those littering the streets if they could were part of cleaning up efforts like this” he added.

The GarbageLeaving a Message behind
CFGD cleans up Johri road jungle CFGD cleans up Johri road jungle


After working hard in the blazing sun for 4 hours, the volunteers managed to collect over 700 kgs of garbage in 35 large garbage bags. The bags were then transported and put in Municipal Garbage Bins. Among those who took part in the cleaning drive were Ajanta Singh, Shubhendra Singh, Anjali Bhatia, Prasanna Kapoor, Ruchi Singh Rao, Himanshu Arora, Dr Nitin Pandey from CFGD & Ranjita Khatri, housemother of Pestalozzi along with Rakhi Kumari, Sushma Kumari, Shweta Bharti, Tenzin Passang & Nisha Khati, students of Pestalozzi.



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