In line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of Swacch Bharat, the Deccan Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture, Pune (DCCIA-Pune) launched the ‘Swacch Bhima Nadi Abhiyan’ recently. The gram panchayat of Koregaon Bhima and a batch of students from Lexicon School, Wagholi, joined hands with DCCIA members to clean up garbage on the banks of Bhima river. “The garbage, if not removed, before the onset of monsoon, would have found its way to Bhima river with flow of rain water, thus polluting it,” a DCCIA member said.
HP Srivastava, vice-chairman; Rathin Sinha, secretary; Kamlesh Panchal, executive committee member; Bijal Kotadia, GM; sarpanch and office-bearers of the gram panchyat were present and actively involved in the cleanliness drive.
Arun Pardhi, chairman, HR committee, DCCIA-Pune, along with his team from Bajaj Electrical Ltd, a team from Oriental Rubber Industries Ltd., another team from Praj Industries Ltd., and students and staff of DCCIA together formed a group of about 70 people, which was further divided into sub-groups for undertaking garbage cleaning on various patches at the banks of Bhima river. The entire group participated in the cleaning activity and after about two hours, the entire area wore a different look.
The sarpanch assured the DCCIA and the group that the gram panchyat shall initiate necessary measures to ensure that garbage is not allowed to be piled along the bank of Bhima river. The panchayat would contemplate action against defaulters, he added.