New Delhi: India’s sports fraternity has come together to participate in clean-up drives in their city along with the municipal corporations to encourage citizens to improve the rank of their city in Swachh Survekshan 2018. Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar joined hands with Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to take part in the clean-up initiative in Mumbai. Sachin Tendulkar later shared pictures of the activity with netizens and said,
“Honoured to be a part of this excellent cleanliness initiative by the BMC.”
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) January 11, 2018
Thanking Sachin Tendulkar, Minister Ashish Shelar added,
This was a much needed Bandra Chimbai beach and Khar Danda Varin Pada beach clean-up. Now the beach will be clean from special fund, thanks @sachin_rt, Ajoy Mehta & all corporator present in the function.
Much needed bandra Chimbai beach & khar danda Varin pada beach will b clean now from @MCGMswm from spl fund ! Tks @sachin_rt ,Ajoy Mehta & all corporator present in the function ! pic.twitter.com/x6Vhrp9gsm
— Adv. Ashish Shelar – ॲड. आशिष शेलार (@ShelarAshish) January 11, 2018
Apart from the clean-up drive, Sachin Tendulkar through a short video also urged his fans to come forward and help people use toilets. He added,
You all have to stand up with me and team Swachh Bharat, you have to become part of this mission. And, together we all will make India truly swachh, where every individual uses a toilet. Because, if everyone make use of a toilet, we as a nation will progress.
"हम सब मिलकर एक ऐसा इंडिया बनाएंगे जहाँ हर कोई शौचालय का उपयोग करता हो।" – सचिन तेंदुलकर https://t.co/Lp5erXUN1l
— Swachh Bharat I #AzadiKaAmritMahotsav (@swachhbharat) January 12, 2018
Apart from Sachin, India’s FIFA U-17 World Cup star Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem too supported clean-up activity in A Manipur district along with Moirang Municipal Council in order to spread the word about Swachh Survekshan 2018.
— Swachh Bharat Urban (@SwachhBharatGov) January 12, 2018
This is not the first time sport stars have come forward to lend their support to India’s biggest cleanliness mission. Last year, men’s hockey captain Manpreet Singh and women’s hockey captain Rani Rampal along with their respective teams took part in ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’, a 15-day mass cleanliness campaign leading up to Gandhi Jayanti celebrations on October 2. Fast bowler from the Women’s cricket team, Jhulan Goswami, also vowed to join the nationwide swachh campaign.
This time too, the sport personalities have come forward to promote Swachh Survekshan 2018, which is for the first time assessing all the 4,041 towns in the country.
500 cities will be ranked on national level which has more than 1 lakh population, while 3,541 cities with less than 1 lakh population will have State and Regional ranking. In 2017, only 434 cities with over 1 lakh population and all the state capitals were ranked. While in 2016, just 73 cities with over 10 lakh population and all the state capitals were ranked.