The President of Youth wing of Shiv Sena – Yuva Sena, Aaditya Thackeray shared Mumbai’s plastic waste horror story on his social media and how plastic menace is plaguing the city. He shared a picture and said, “This is what we do to our beloved city and the @mybmc cleans for us! This is one chamber at one pumping station in one nullah. Imagine the rest.”
Urging people to be careful about the way they handle waste and stop littering, he further added, “Let’s not do this to our city. Let’s not litter.”
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According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), India generates around 25,940 tonnes of plastic waste every day, of which Delhi, Mumbai along with Chennai and Bengaluru, together are generating more than 50 per cent of waste. This is the situation in the city when the plastic ban in Maharashtra has already been implemented back in June 2018.
Seeing the grim reality of plastic waste in the city, netizens have also come together saying Aaditya’s post is an ‘eye-opener, we have to stop polluting the city and save it from plastic menace’.
Dear Mumbaikars please cooperate & don't throw waste on road.
— Amit Bhadricha – अमित भाद्रीचा (@AmitBhadricha) June 27, 2019
Why do we blame @mybmc for everything?
We people of Mumbai are responsible for that. We should not throw garbages anywhere.
— કૌશલેશ Tiwari.???????? (@kaushut) June 27, 2019
Equally, we need to introspect and find out how even one rapper or bottle was allowed to be thrown into the nullah.. why can’t our enforcement mechanism nip problems in the buds.. we are clearly over regulated but hopelessly under enforced..
— Prerak Choudhary (@prerakchoudhary) June 28, 2019
Some netizens also added that there should be buyback schemes on products that come in plastic packaging such as. shampoo, oil bottles to name a few.
Sir we are told to keep our city clean but we know least about how to dispose the plastic waste.. every recurring use products like shampoo, food items come in plastic containers.. let us know about the ways to dispose the same
— Kajal Jain (@kajaljain7031) June 27, 2019
If there can be any authority which will handle the collection and recycling of the waste, will do wonders!!!!
— Kajal Jain (@kajaljain7031) June 27, 2019
Root is corps building soda,shampoo bottles, they can be innovative, and can spend in recycle infra across the city
— Bhavik (@bhavik_10cool) June 27, 2019
While some said authorities should have proper waste management mechanism in the slums of the city as the maximum amount of waste on streets come from there. They also stressed on having waste management a part of the curriculum in the schools so that it is being taught to the children from starting.
The biggest trash comes from slums as they don’t have proper disposal mechanism. I hope the bmc will put measures to address the issue. And we should start to teach children’s in every school about waste disposal and segregation. We can have a booklet of 20 pages for all.
— Rajiv Mishra (@rajivmishra) June 27, 2019
This needs to be addressed in the class rooms as part of curriculum for students right from class 1 – 5!
— Sandeep Choudhary (@SanchoSandeep) June 27, 2019
Citizens also urged Mumbaikars to take responsibility for their waste and help make Mumbai clean.
Fine should be levied. No litter sign boards should be installed. Else the mess continues and nobody seems to care
— vidya dilip (@vidyaad) June 27, 2019
As a responsible citizen,we have take an ownership. No body will come outside to clean our house.
Awareness is very important and you are doing a great job????????????
— Sardar Asif Ali Khan (@SardarAsifAliK1) June 27, 2019
Indeed, a tougher stance needs to be taken like in abroad where spreading garbage is treated as offence and punishable…until ppl realise by thr own and take city as thr home, they will continue to live with rotten hell environment..
— Hansie (@hansie_version9) June 27, 2019
Aaditya Thackeray was attending a meeting organised by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) about their plans to rejuvenate the Mithi River, post which, he inaugurated the Gazdarbandh Pumping Station. That is when he spotted this disturbing drain filled with all sorts of plastic and decided to share it on social media.
NDTV – Dettol Banega Swachh India campaign lends support to the Government of India’s Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM). Helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan, the campaign aims to spread awareness about hygiene and sanitation, the importance of building toilets and making India open defecation free (ODF) by October 2019, a target set by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when he launched Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in 2014. Over the years, the campaign has widened its scope to cover issues like air pollution, waste management, plastic ban, manual scavenging and menstrual hygiene. The campaign has also focused extensively on marine pollution, clean Ganga Project and rejuvenation of Yamuna, two of India’s major river bodies.