On Twitter a picture is shared of Mumbai’s Versova beach which showed what a difference it makes when the citizens come together to clean their beach or locality.
In the north-western Mumbai the Versova Beach is located, it was one of the dirtiest beaches of the city, before the localites decided to clean up the filth. Under a massive make over the beach underwent that too within 85 weeks, the filth and plastics which was Five Million Kilogram was removed, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation or BMC, and citizens with their help of India's richest civic body.
At the first glance it was unrecognisable, the Versova beach look much cleaner now then it was before. In the Mammoth Cleanathon not only just the Localites took part but also the actors and even the Plastic association contributed.
The 33 year old lawyer from Bombay High Court leading the efforts. Afroz Shah, when he was not on duty, to clean the beach he organises volunteer camps. After success with Versova, he plans to do the same with other beaches too.
Afroz Shah told to dailyaddaa that, "I always call it a date with an ocean. So when you are on a date, you are mentally at your best and physically at your best. And that's what I do with the ocean."
The Tweet Afroz Shah tweeted,
Every two weeks the locals should spare two hours to change the face of Mumbai beaches this is what Mr Shah wants. He even added by saying that other beaches can also be cleaned if the Versova beach can be.
An employee Ankita Godse working in a BPO told to NDTV that, "Previously I have visited many beaches in Mumbai but Versova beach is the one beach which I feel is the cleanest of all. Previously there was a lot of trash like beer bottles and all."
Sister Ruchira sister of Ankita Godse added by saying that, "I am visiting Versova beach place for the first time and I find it cleaner than places like Juhu and all."
Afroz Shah said that, "Plastic is something everybody is grappling with. How wonderful that all stakeholders come together and work upon it. The local municipality, the BMC, citizens, all worked together to protect the environment and ocean by cleaning the beaches of Mumbai."
To the Citizen’s programme on the World Environment Day the United Nations will now will officially join them and Afroz Shah is awarded for his efforts of cleaning the beaches with the localites and others.