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PM Modi Lauds Varanasi’s Kachra Mahotsav, Says It Is A Symbol Of Nation Moving From Waste To Wealth

Organised by Varanasi Municipal Corporation, this unique fest displayed exhibits made from city’s waste products

  • Kachra Mahotsav was organised by Varanasi Municipal Corporation
  • This garbage festival displayed exhibits made from city’s waste products
  • Such festivals are vital to spread awareness on cleanliness, said PM Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Varanasi today attended ‘Kachra Mahotsava‘ (garbage festival), whose purpose was to create an awareness people on upcycling, recycling and reuse of waste products effectively, in fact creatively. After paying a visit to the fest along with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, PM Modi took to Twitter and said that the Kachra Mahotsav in Varanasi is a wonderful initiative, and such festivals are vital to spread awareness on cleanliness and will give strength to the Swachh Bharat Mission. The idea of organising a garbage festival in PM Modi’s constituency Varanasi came from Raipur’s Kachra Mahotsav, which was held from January 19 – January 22, and was even lauded by PM Modi in his 41st edition of ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio talks.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also stated, “Today India’s growth is moving from waste to wealth and ‘Kachra Mahotsav’ is a symbol of this movement.”


PM Modi interacts with students at Kachra Mahotsav

During his visit to the fest, PM Modi also interacted with students who made different creative items using the waste materials.


A musician playing instruments made from recycled products

The fest also had musical performances where artists created music using instruments made from trash.


Art artist showcasing his other creations to PM Modi

Making the best use of waste materials, an artist also created a painting of PM Modi.

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Organised by Varanasi Municipal Corporation, this unique fest displayed exhibits made from city’s waste products, and showcased demonstrations on using waste produced in homes for making musical instruments.

Through this initiative which is on the lines of Raipur Kachra Mahotsav, we wanted to make people understand that waste needs to be managed in a better way and should not be just thrown away into bins. People should know how they can make waste-to-wealth a reality by adopting the concept of upcycling, recycling and reusing, said an official of the Varanasi Municipal Corporation.

The festival also displayed a unique garbage vending machine, which was inaugurated by UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath earlier in February. Still in experimental stages, the vending machine enables a user to dispose their dry garbage and get money in return.

According to the organisers, the festival will provide a platform to people to showcase their artistic skills in the domain of waste upcycling. The festival also had different types of workshops to educate people on how they can effectively as well as creatively manage their household wastes like biodegradable waste for composting and non-biodegradable waste (plastic, paper, glass etc) for converting it into resuable objects.

In the coming months, the Varanasi Municipal Corporation has plans to put up the exhibits from waste products across the different prime locations in the city for tourists and locals.

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