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Mumbaikars Give A Shoutout To World’s Biggest Cleanup Drive, Calls Return Of Olive Ridley Sea Turtles As ‘Historic’

Proud’, ‘historic’, ‘amazing’, ‘miracle’ are some of the innumerable words used by the people to describe the return of sea turtles after 20 years to versova beach which is has the biggest beach cleanup in the world

Mumbai: “I have witnessed something surreal …a life changing experience… 80 Olive Ridley turtles walking back to the sea,” exclaimed one of the volunteers who was present on the day Mumbai’s Versova beach created history and saw the return of Olive Ridley sea turtles after 20 years on World Water Day on March 22. Lawyer turned activist Afroz Shah, the man behind world’s biggest beach cleanup drive at Versova, shared the news on social media – congratulatory messages kept pouring in.

From Ministers to celebrities and aam aadmi, most seemed overwhelmed and proud to see the change a cleanliness drive has bought in and acknowledged the hard work of Afroz and his team of volunteers.

Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change expressed pride at what the lawyer turned activist has achieved, while Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs referred to the return of the Olive Ridley turtles to Versova as an endorsement of the efforts of Afroz and his team.

Yuva Sena Chief Aaditya Thackeray, who has actively been propagating plastic ban in Maharashtra, said now that life has returned to the beach, authorities must focus on conservation.

Priyanka Chaturvedi, National Spokesperson of Congress party also applauded the hard work and commitment of Afroz for spearheading the Versova cleanup  and tweeted, “Many congratulations @AfrozShah1 , your hard work and commitment to your cause has helped bring Olive Ridley sea turtles back to Mumbai. More power to you, continue to inspire!”

Former Maharashtra Chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh’s son and Latur Zilla Parishad member, Congress’s Dhiraj Deshmukh said, “One man worked tirelessly to clean Versova Beach and today Oliver Ridley Turtles are back.”

United Nations Environment Project head Erik Solheim, who had participated in the beach cleanup drive for a day in October 2017, summed up the development and said, “Great news Afroz Shah. The cleaner our beaches, the more life will thrive!”

Recently appointed as the UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador For India, Dia Mirza has also been a supporter of the Versova clean-up initiative, she added that she was grateful to Afroz and his volunteers for achieving this feet.

Actors Randeep Hooda and Jacky Bhagnani who have also been part of the cleanup drive expressed their joy at this pleasant surprise at Versova.

Actors Saurabh Shukla and Karanvir Bohra also expressed their joy at what the Versova cleanup drive team has achieved.

Here’s how some of the other netizens reacted to the news of the comeback of sea turtles after 20 years.



The drive that was started in 2015 it presently in its 127th week and so far more than 1,200 have successfully managed to remove 9 million tonnes of garbage from the Versova beach.

Also Read: Another Feather In The Cap Of Versova Beach Cleanup Team, Olive Ridley Turtles Comeback To Versova Beach After 20 Years

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