Despite the heightened conversation around the need to do away with plaster-of-Paris idols for religious festivals, a lot of us continue to do so. The recently concluded Ganesh Utsav In Mumbai was no different, the city’s biggest celebration left a scathing mark on the beaches a day after the visarjan (immersion of idols).
The Indian Coast Guard organised a citizen’s cleanliness drive at Dadar Chowpatty after the visarjan and a surprising number of Mumbaikars turned up to clean up after the festivities.
The participants were given blue caps – to be seen from afar – and bags to collect the waste along the stretch of beach.
Despite the looming dark clouds, the volunteers turned up in hordes at the event and participated in creating a healthier environment for all.
Rhucha Kulkarni who participated in the event and provided Alpaviram with the all these images, said that “it felt good to be a part of the Indian Coast Guard cleanup drive today. This is the hapless state left behind from irresponsible Ganpati visarjans.”
Mumbai, along with several other locations along the Arabian Sea, has been witnessing a rise in the number of deaths of marine animals. While environmentalists are still debating on why the animals are coming ashore to die, the possibility of adverse effect of pollution on them is being considered a major reason behind these deaths.
Thank you Mumbai for taking out the time to clean up after yourselves! You inspire all other cities to strive to do the same.
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– Text and Images by Priya Tripathy