NGO members during their cleanliness-cum-awareness drive near Bokaro bus depot on Sunday. (Pankaj Singh)
A cleanliness drive based on shramdaan was carried out at Naya Bazar bus depot in Bokaro steel city on Sunday.
Members of an NGO, Swasthya evam Paryawaran Sanrakshan Sansthan, led by its general secretary Gauri Shankar Ojha, assembled at the bus stand around 11am and engaged themselves in cleaning the bus depot.
Bleaching powder was sprinkled all over the place and heaps of garbage lying in the area cleared.
The cleaning operation continued for more than 90 minutes.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Ojha said the purpose of the cleaning drive was to create social awareness on “humanity’s debt to our beautiful earth and nature”.
“The aim is to promote health through hygiene, sort garbage and properly dispose of the waste. Overall, we need to make people aware of the necessity of maintaining civic cleanliness.”
He expressed his shock that the toilet of the bus stand was defunct as there was no provision for water.
Ojha and his team also held a session with the owners of the shops near the bus depot.
“We made them aware about the diseases that occur due to filth and stench. We requested them to maintain cleanliness in and around their shops as well as the depot,” Ojha added.
He further said they would meet Bokaro deputy commissioner Arwa Rajkamal on Tuesday, urging him to take steps for cleaning the bus stand near Sector XII Chowk.
“We will also meet authorities of Bokaro steel limited to make a similar request to clean Dundibad market near Sector XII,” he added.
The NGO will conduct a similar drive at City Centre, the main market hub of Bokaro, on August 16.
They will tie rakhis on trees on the eve of Rakshabandhan on August 19 to send out a green message.