Thane based social activist, Chinu Kwatra along with the beach warriors cleared over 200 tonnes of garbage from the Worli Fort in a matter of 24 hours.
With the support of Deputy Mayor Hemangi Worlikar, who is also a resident of Worli, Chinu’s team would go the beach every Saturday and do the cleanup for two hours in the morning. But the cleanup wasn’t happening on a large scale. Even the locals were clueless since some NGOs had come and gone, and nothing had changed.
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Chinu Kwatra quoted
The reason for choosing Worli village was clear. When we were cleaning the Dadar beach, we also simultaneously started conducting surveys and getting to the cause of increasing garbage on beaches from the sea. It was at the time that we realised that a lot of residential garbage and construction debris was being dumped near the Worli Fort, which was taken in by the waves during high tides and later thrown out on the other beaches. Another reason was also that the Worli Fort is a popular tourist spot, which made it easier to relay venue and time for the cleanup drive to get volunteers.
The volunteers included over 300 employees from Tirumala Tirupati Multistate Co-op Credit Society, the Amukh Charitable Trust, Beach Please, Green Yuva, Red Boys Foundation, the Dadar Police Station, municipal school students, students from colleges like S M Shetty, Vidya Prasarak Mandal, Kelkar, Gyansadhna, Ratnam, Menon, DAV, Thakur, Maharshi Dayanand, Dalmia, Mulund College of Commerce, SIES, Laxmichand Golwala College, Valia CL, Kishanchand Chellaram and HR (Hassaram Rijhumal) and Worli locals.
All the garbage that was collected was then carried by the MCGM to the dump yards and landfills. Before disposal, the plastic waste was segregated and sent for recycling.
Chinu’s team has cleared 300 tonnes of garbage from the Dadar beach in the last 45 weeks.