Manali: With remains of Plastic packets, rotten food products and garbage from Volvo buses parked at private bus parking in Aleo ground area, Club Mahindra Holiday Resort Manali has joined hands with Save Manali, a young energetic NGO, in cleaning up the litter and garbage and to keep the surroundings clean.
More than 70 person from the society and staff of Club Mahindra picked up brooms and garbage-collection bins as they swept the ground to clean the locality. These two organisations have decided to keep the locality clean for the tourist season, especially as the Volvo buses parked in the vicinity have been littering the place with garbage that is causing unhygienic conditions and degrading the environment.
“A clean Manali would be the best tribute from Manali that we could contribute towards Mahatma Gandhi’s 150 birth anniversary in 2019,” said Shariq Asim, manager of the resort recalling that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi launched Swachh Bharat Mission from Rajpath, New Delhi on 2nd October 2014. On that day Shariq said that from Bollywood celebrities to television actors stepped forward to join the Clean India campaign.
“We have noticed that during the summer season, the tourist coming from all over the country litter the garbage. So, we decided to clean the roads and the public premises during that time,” said Shariq.
“Despite being in the tourist season around 70 members came together to do their bit and clean the area as it is not only the responsibility of the civic body, which is already reeling under pressure due to lack of manpower in tourist season,” said Ajay Gen., secretary of Save Manali Foundation.
“Kids and women too, joined the drive as we want to inculcate the habit to live in a clean and green surrounding, for a good and clean environment is health for all of us,” said Sunny, founder of Save Manali.
Sanjay Dutta, an engineer by qualification but is a journalist by choice.
He has worked for the premier new agency Press Trust of India and leading English daily Indian Express.
With more than a decade of experience, he has been highlighting issues related to environment, tourism and other aspects affecting mountain ecology.
Sanjay Dutta lives in a village close to Manali in Kullu valley of Himachal.