Sunday, August 16, 2009

Bengalureans in clean-up act

Bengalureans in clean-up act

August 16th, 2009
By Our Correspondent

Bengaluru, Aug. 15: It’s a start. 8,000 volunteers, and another 4,700 Bengalureans snapped on their gloves, whipped out garbage bags and went to work in Saturday’s Independence Day clean up drive of a city, fast becoming a byword for sloth. Last heard, Bengaluru’s record of communicable diseases wasn’t too far from the epidemic epicentre, Pune.
The ‘Reclaim Bengaluru — It’s Yours’ drive drew students, government officials, techies and a high profile priest — Archbishop Bernard Moras, the first to give the road a thorough going over.
The brainchild of a new not-for-profit community — ‘Anonymous Indian Trust’ — it saw a sweep through Bal Bhavan, Cubbon Park, JC Nagar, Bannerghatta Zoo, Frazer Town, Jeevanbhimanagar and Hennur Road.
The result? 6,500 bags of garbage, duly handed over to BBMP, which must heed the message — Bengalureans will take matters into their own hands if it slips any further down the drain.


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