16 Thousand Bengalureans turn up for ‘Swachha Bengaluru’ – a Mega Cleanathon
3rd October 2017, Bengaluru: Bengaluru seems to be taking a lead in many aspects including that of being The Sillicon Valley and now a path breaker in citizen participation. Be it Steel Flyover or cleaning up Bengaluru. 14-16 thousand people from all walks of life came on to the streets and joined hands to commemorate 148th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhiji through Swachha Bengaluru, a mega cleanathon. In about 72 wards and 9 lakes, citizens not only cleaned the black spots but also painted the walls at these black spots in their respective wards.
MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar encouraged the citizens by visiting Jayanagar, Halagevadera Halli lake and Nagarbhavi areas. He interacted with the citizens and heard their issues and concerns about the growing number of black spots in their areas. Rajeev Chandrasekhar assured them that he would take this matter to BBMP commissioner to address the issue. He also visited Shri HS Doreswamy’s residence in the morning to felicitate him for this contribution towards the city and its citizens.
At Nagarbhavi, the volunteers who were from the schools and colleges from the surrounding area were not allowed to participate in the Cleanathon by the police officers as they claimed that the adequate permission was not sought by the BBMP.
MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar said, “Bengaluru is great city and is our home, we owe it to Namma Bengaluru. It time for citizens to come out and Reclaim and Protect this beautiful city. I am happy to see that so many citizens, citizen’s groups, students coming out in a large number to clean 72 wards and about 9 lakes. I thank all the citizens who have come out today to clean up their wards, if all the citizens come together, we can fulfill the dream of Swachha Bengaluru. This is only a beginning to turn Namma Bengaluru into a Swachha Bengaluru.”
Anirudh S Dutt, President, Let’s Be The Change said, “There were few ups and downs in today’s event but this kind of citizen participation was never expected, this shows the seriousness of Bengalureans in keeping their city clean. This event also gave raise to many young leaders as they doubted their leadership quality and were scared to come forward. We are thankful to Mr. Rajeev Chandrasekhar and United Bengaluru for supporting our event and making it a great success.”