Taking care of our surroundings is a basic civic duty that all of us share. Yet very few of us take the simple effort required to do so through basic acts like throwing our own trash into public dustbins. In case of many, it isn’t just ignorance but also a sense of disregard for what doesn’t come within one’s immediate environment that leads to such lethargy. However, what they don’t realise is that such an attitude will only lead to problems for everyone, themselves included, in the future.
To raise an awareness among citizens about this, particularly about the amount of pollutants going in to the Hussainsagar, a Clean Hussainsagar programme has been launched in the city. Being organised by the Hyderbabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) in association with a group of information technology-based firms, the campaign includes as many 10 corporate companies in the city who will take to the streets to spread the word. The idea? Get the point across.
‘Hussainsagar Clean-up and Awareness Campaign’ will take place at Banjara Hills and Balkapur Nalas on January 25 where as many as 400 volunteers from these companies, colleges and even celebrities are expected to turn up.
The main aim is to educate people living in the slums about the importance of a clean environment through a series of street plays and flash mobs, as well as show them interesting mechanisms to compost bio-waste in earthen pots and use the manure for either growing vegetables in colonies or roof gardening. These mechanism will also be setup in certain areas besides seedlings and saplings being planted as well.
The IT corporates along with a few concerned bodies like the Banjara and Balkapur NGOs, plan to kick off the clean-up through a Solid Waste Management Awareness drive across a couple of nala spaces. The awareness campaign includes reaching out to slums and communities on the banks of the lake to educate them about the importance of the segregation of waste (wet and dry). It also plans on approaching households to identify the challenges they face in waste-disposal, speak with Subraks (rag pickers) of their concerns and also stress on the importance of wearing the necessary gear. Disposing of pooja collection material in the respective stalls on the lake and also disposal of e-waste will be discussed.
As for the plantation of vegetable seedling at identified places, it will be done so with the help of residents to keep them involved in the activity. Earthen pots to collect bio-waste will also be set up along with some help from HMDA officials. From these pots, manure will be generated from the collected bio-waste in which can used for roof-gardens. The programme is also planning to go to hospitals, temples, shopping complexes, schools and colleges to spread awareness.
Besides the plantation drive, cloth gunny bags will be given to households, vendors on eat-street and their customers will be sensitised to not litter or dump waste into the lake.
For more details, one may contact Uday Shankar on 98850 57151 or Venugopal on 97010 01560. Companies like Infosys, CMC Ltd, TCS, Cap Gemini, CTS, HCL, ADP, GE, Mahindra Satyam, Pramati Technologies, Franklin Templeton, Karvy and NESS have come forward to participate in this green drive.