Mumbai cleans up Versova beach, gathers 1.2L kg trash

Published: Oct 03, 2016, 19:45 IST | mid-day online correspondent

Around 1500 people took part in massive clean-up drive to save Versova beach by clearing trash right from rom the jetty area up to Jeet Nagar, Versova village on Sunday

Mumbai cleans up Versova beach, gathers 1.2L kg trashVersova clean-up. Pic/PTI

Around 1500 people took part in massive clean-up drive to save Versova beach by clearing trash right from rom the jetty area up to Jeet Nagar, Versova village on Sunday.

The drive also saw 30 civic body workers, 50 policemen and some celebrities taking time out to clean the beach.

Mumbai cleans up Versova beach, gathers 1.2L kg trashHead of Environment, United Nations, Erik Solheim during a cleanliness drive at Versova Beach in Mumbai on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti on Sunday. Pic/PTI

Over 52 weeks, the Versova residents' volunteers collected a total over 31 lakh kg of plastic, glass and other beach trash, which is nearly one-third of the daily garbage generated in Mumbai.

The event was started by Afroz Shah along with his neighbour Harbansh Mathur which expanded to 250 members within no time. Later, they were joined by 1,500 volunteers who are taking part in this cleanup drive every weekend.

Head of Environment, United Nations, Erik SolheimErik Solheim

Erik Solheim, the head of the United Nations' environment programme also took part in this drive last weekend.

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