Noida: The Social Action for Forest & Environment (SAFE) organised a cleaning drive on April 17, 2022, to clean the pond of Sector 135, Noida, which had been dirty for many years. About 24 volunteers were present in the drive and about 40 kilograms of solid waste such as plastic bags, and clothes among others were removed from the pond. Moreover, environmental activists and the residents of nearby societies also participated.
Vikrant Tongad, SAFE President says, “In Noida, many people throw solid waste in the water bodies. We have been organising cleanliness drives to save the water bodies here. Youth must take the responsibility to clean the water bodies around them. We should take responsibility for the water bodies around us and cooperate in cleaning them to put an end to the growing water crisis."
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Atul, a volunteer says, “It was a good experience. All the volunteers worked hard to clean the pond in the hot summer. It is not the duty of one person to save the environment. It needs collective effort. We will participate in such drives regularly in the hope to inspire others."
Raavindra Singh, a resident of Paras Tierea who took part in the drive says, “It was a very good initiative by SAFE India. If we manage to revive this, it would be one of the biggest lakes in the entire region. The drive was a small contribution to save our environment.”
Sumit Gupta, another resident of Paras Tierea says, “We should minimize water wastage and not contaminate water bodies. The cleanliness drive was a very satisfying experience. We must take out one day in a week to do something for the environment."