BANGALORE: Narendra Modi’s call for a ‘Swachh Bharat’ seems to have prompted a cleanliness movement of sorts in the city with a number of individuals, organisations, educational institutes and elected representatives ready to pick up brooms this Thursday, on Gandhi Jayanti.
While some, like the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and the Railway Department, are associated with the government, others including private firms, NGOs and residents’ welfare associations will focus on cleaning streets and apartment complexes.
BBMP Commissioner M Lakshminarayana is among those who will take to the streets with a broom in hand.
“After garlanding the Gandhi statue (at the Vidhana Soudha), we shall sweep Kasturba Road and reach BBMP office via Rajaram Mohan Roy Road. BBMP officials and District Minister Ramalinga Reddy will also be there with us. We shall start sweeping at around 9 am,” he told Express on Wednesday.
Mayor Shantha Kumari said she would sweep the GKW Layout bus stand at Maruthi Mandir in Vijayanagar at 7 am.
Prajwal Devraj is one of the cine actors who will join the initiative.
“Youth for Parivarthan, which has taken up cleaning works in many places, invited me to be a part of the initiative. Youths have taken the responsibility and celebrities taking part in the campaign will encourage others to be join the movement,” he said.
He said the cleaning drive will take place at Thyagarajanagar Main Road, behind the Royal Enfield showroom. “I will be there 8 am onwards and will be involved in sweeping and other cleaning activities,” he said.
MP Rajeev Chandrashekar has announced that he will use his Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLAD) funds for installation of 100 electronic toilets in 50 BBMP schools.
BSY, Ananth to Lead the Campaign
Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers Ananth Kumar will lead the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan at Bangalore City railway station on Thursday morning. The cleanliness and sanitation drive will be carried out in more than 600 places across the state by BJP workers, with party national vice-president B S Yeddyurappa leading the campaign near the railway station in Shimoga. Former chief minister Jagadish Shettar will take up the drive near Hubli railway station. The campaign will be launched by the Prime Minister in New Delhi.