On April 1, 2017, Dadar resident Jay Shringapure waded through a sea of plastic on a mission to get rid of it. Jay started a biggest beach cleanup campaign called 'Dadar Beach Cleanup campaign' and has been constantly working with his band of volunteers to make sure that Dadar gets a clean and plastic free beach.
Eighteen months since, one can finally spot the sand on the shore of Dadar Beach today. It's all due to the efforts of Jay Shringapure and the volunteers who have taken the beach cleanup initiative in their hands.
Although the Dadar beach cleanup campaign was single-handedly achieved by Shringapure, he received support from fellow residents as well as the corporate sector. People from all walks of life supported him and joined their hands to revive the glory of Dadar beach.
On 3rd Oct, that marked 218 months of the Dadar beach cleanup campaign many residents and visitors of Dadar beach got nostalgic on seeing the place almost restored to the clean old beach of yore.
The Dadar beach campaign was inspired by the Versova beach cleanup project that was started by lawyer-turned environmentalist Afroz Shah and his band of volunteers who put in 85 weeks of hard work, dedication and commitment to make Versova beach cleaner.
The lawyer and his eco-warriors successfully cleared a total of five million kg of garbage from the beach. Afroz’s efforts and commitment to clean the Versova beach paid rich dividends when Olive Ridley Turtles graced and returned to the Versova beach after 20 years.
Battling weathers, obstacles and garnering support from people of all walks of life, Jay and his team has been constantly thriving to empower and create awareness regarding a plastic-free beach
Noted celebrities such as Actor-Director Mahesh Manjrekar, Actor Sumeet Raghavan, MLA Ashish Shelar and, politician Raj Thackeray and many more have come forward in support of Jay's noble cause and have even raised a voice for a clean and plastic free beaches
Jay and his team of volunteers have been working hard to make the beach plastic-free and haven't looked back since they started way back in April 2017. Jay and his band of volunteers also make sure that they conduct street plays to create awareness about plastic nuisance and the importance of separating dry and wet garbage
On his initiative to make Dadar beach clean and plastic-free, Jay adds, " I started this alone and a friend asked me to post images on Facebook and Instagram. But after the Versova beach clean-up, our initiative has only gotten bigger. With Dadar being a central point, even corporates find it easier to come here,"
The following day of Ganpativisarjanin Mumbai witnessed tonnes of Ganesh idols being stuck and thrown away by the sea. Once again, Jay and his team of eco-warriors were at the helm of making sure that the beach is clean. They came in large numbers to collect plastic and other pollutants that were dangerous to the beach. While sharing the picture on his Facebook account he wrote, "We noticed that people seem to blissfully ignore the fact that POP idols are hazardous to our sea and marine life. Harmful Paints used in such idols have harmful metals like lead, mercury etc.
This damage we are doing to our environment is irreversible...
Stop using POP Idols..." he urged!
A resident of Dadar, Jay Shringarpure, 35, is also fighting another battle against the illegal dumping of medical waste at Dadar beach and Mahim beach respectively.
in June 2018, Jay and his team of volunteers collected a lot of medical waste from the above two beaches. The medical waste included syringes, needles, droppers, an anti-tetanus vaccination bottle, and few bottles with drops of blood in them.
The Dadar beach cleanup campaign had till date completed 80 weeks on non-stop commitment towards making Dadar beach clean and plastic free. The team of volunteers has collected more than 500 tonnes of plastic to date.
Celebrated chef Ranveer Brar too joined for the cause of a clean and plastic-free beach in Mumbai.
In an interview with Midday, Jay shared some light on what inspired him to take up the Dadar beach cleanup campaign. He said, "I spent my childhood playing on this beach. My daughter should be able to do that too. Inspired by Afroz Shah of Versova beach clean-up, I felt I should do the same at Dadar,"
For the first three months, Shringarpure worked alone. But after his social media posts were shared, people from the vicinity, NGOs and institutions started joining in.
This team of volunteers also work hand-in-hand with the BMC cleanup marshals and workers to make not only the Dadar beach clean and plastic-free but even the streets of Mumbai cleaner and greener.
Schools, colleges, corporate sectors and people from all walks of life have been supporting this noble cause
Young volunteers are all in for a smile after a hectic day of cleaning the Dadar beach and getting it rid of the plastic menace
And finally, here we leave it to you to judge how local volunteers made a difference in not only our lives but even the lives of the beaches of Mumbai by reviving the iconic Dadar beach.
On April 1, Dadar resident Jay Shringapure waded through a sea of plastic on a mission to get rid of it. Eighteen months since, one can finally spot the sand on the shore of Dadar Beach. Although this was single-handedly achieved by Shringapure, he received support from fellow residents as well as the corporate sector. We take you through the journey of how Dadar beach is on the verge of being the second cleanest beach in Mumbai only behind the Versova beach
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