Friday, January 08, 2010

Citizens take clean-up act online

Citizens take clean-up act online

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: Tired of Bengaluru's garbage strewn streets, citizens have taken to the Internet to launch a campaign on solid waste management.
`Let's clean Bengaluru', a movement founded by husband-wife duo Ajesh Kumar Shankar and Myriam Shankar on Facebook and Youtube, has kickstarted an awareness programme on solid waste management at the website
Tips on zero waste house hold, segregation and recycling of waste are among the topics addressed on the website. Also, the organisation conducts frequent `clean up' drives and has an active volunteer base of more than 4,000 in the city.

"Volunteers who sign up with us join others in their neighbourhood to clear the garbage. These drives have witnessed a wholehearted response from students and other residents who have come forward to make a difference in their own individual capacity," said Ms Shankar, who hails from Germany, adding that their vision is to see a cleaner and greener Bengaluru. The initiative comes after civic agency Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) failed to address the issue of segregating solid waste. "At the heart of this initiative is a belief in the power of individual citizens to transform the community.
They can influence government bodies and bring about transformation in the society. This is our vision for Bengaluru, a city that we are proud to call our home, to raise our children in, and work in," say the couple.


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