Mysore: Over 30,000 citizens of Mysore from different walks of life came together on Sunday to be part of the “Let’s do it!” movement and cleaned up the entire city in just four to five hours. Surprisingly, by noon, they managed to collect 191 truckloads of garbage strewn all across the city including the roads and open spaces.
The volunteers went about the task by forming 650 clusters in the 65 Corporation wards. The campaign comes in the light of the failure of solid waste management efforts in Bengaluru, and to prevent a repeat of such a mess in Mysore, which is a popular tourism destination.
The wet and dry waste was picked by lorries of Mysore rural lorry owners’ association and handed over to the solid waste management plant of MCC near Sewage Farm.
More than 30,000 Mysoreans including students from almost all colleges, NGOs, industry and various associations came together to join the “Let’s do it!” movement on Sunday and cleaned up the entire city in just four to five hours.
“Let’s do it!” Mysore is a movement inspired by ‘Let’s do it World’ and was launched recently to bring all Mysoreans together and clean up the city in one day, bring a sense of civic consciousness among Mysoreans on what each one of them can do individually to keep the city clean.
The objective: to make Mysore the cleanest city in the country from what it is now—the second cleanest.
As many as 31,890 registered volunteers including 18,730 men and 12,160 women volunteers apart from thousands who joined later without the spot registration, succeeded in collecting 191 lorries of garbage thrown on the streets, open sites and open spaces.
Mysore has four assembly constituencies, nine corporation zones and 65 wards, The Let’s do it Mysore team divided each ward into ten clusters forming a total 650 clusters. Students from seven engineering colleges, 30 graduate and diploma colleges, medical and dental colleges, more than 100 industries including Infosys, WIPRO, BEML and others, various NGOs including Rotary, Inner Wheel, and several associations including Mysore IT forum, Mysore Chamber of Industries and Commerce, Travel agents association, lorry owners association, drivers’ association and the public joined together at assembly points announced in advance for the mega cleanliness drive. A helpline which was manned by engineering and MBA students from 5.30 am was also available.
After the formal launch of the cleanliness drive, by district in-charge minister S.A. Ramadas, MLA Tanveer Sait, religious leaders Mummadi Madival Swamiji, Bishop Thomas Vazapilly and Sir Khazi Alhaz Usman Shariff Saheb in front of Mysore Palace, volunteers carried out the campaign till 12noon. They collected wet and dry waste in different covers and all the waste collected was picked by lorries of Mysore rural lorry owners’ association and handed over to the solid waste management plant of MCC near Sewage Farm.
Alarmed by the recent failure of solid waste management in Bengaluru, a few well-wishers of the city came up with the idea to prevent a repeat in Mysore, which is fast growing as a tourism hub and an alternative city to Bengaluru. “Cleaning up of the entire city on Sunday is just a beginning, we have several such programmes planned to make Mysore the cleanest city,” said, Mysore Tourism Forum head, Prashanth B.S.