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The World’s Biggest Cleanup At Versova Resumes, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis Joins Afroz Shah And Promises To Draft A Policy For Beach Cleaning

Versova beach cleanup is back! Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis joined Afroz Shah during the cleanup on Sunday and said that the work undertaken by Afroz is huge, and the state government will fully support him in his initiative

The World’s Biggest Cleanup At Versova Resumes, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis Joins Afroz Shah And Said Will Draft A Policy For Beach Cleaning

New Delhi: After halting the Versova Beach cleanup after 109 weeks, Afroz Shah resumed the drive finally on Saturday. A day after, on Sunday, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Yuva Sena president Aditya Thackeray joined the proceedings along with lawyer Afroz Shah who spearheaded the movement, which is now in its 111th week. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis lauded Afroz and his entire team for their contribution towards the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and said that the state government fully supports his initiative and would soon prepare a policy for marine and coastal cleanliness and conservation.

Afroz Shah has been working on a policy for marine and coastal cleanliness and conservation. He will submit a draft policy to the state government soon and then after reviewing it the government will finalise the beach cleaning policy, added Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

The Chief Minister also interacted with hundreds of school children who participated in the drive at Versova on Sunday.

Aaditya Thackeray who was also present at the cleanup said,

Visited @AfrozShah1 & his team today. We both kept our promises. Mine to support him wholeheartedly. His promise to me: to not give up.

Overjoyed with the support from the politicians and people, Afroz Shah added,

It is a sheer joy to see the enthusiasm of students, elected representatives, Citizens, Kids to bond and connect with nature / ocean.

Also Read: Littering Starts With Us, Spoiling Of Our Environment Starts From Us, It Is High Time We Own Up And Take Responsibility: Afroz Shah

He further said,

I am happy to resume the cleanup, I will continue to work towards changing the mindset of people towards littering. And, this is my way of making a change. Because, once we bond with nature and have sense of belonging, mindset changes will take place.

Afroz Shah had suspended his beach clean-up after 109 weeks on November 21 because he and his fellow volunteers were allegedly heckled and abused by goons during their regular cleanup drives at Versova and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) was refusing to collect the garbage cleaned up by the volunteers. After Afroz Shah announced his decision to suspend the drive, support poured in from all quarters. During that time too, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis met Afroz Shah and assured him all the support from Government. He immediately asked Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and Mumbai police to assist Afroz in his Swachh initiative, result on last few weekends the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation was at the beach cleaning up the garbage.

Since October 2015, Afroz and his volunteers have cleared approximately 9 million kilograms of trash from the Versova beach and for this he has also been awarded the UN’s top environmental accolade — Champions of the Earth award.

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