Volunteers of Dhanbad Action Group plant saplings at Shramik Chowk in Dhanbad on Sunday. Picture by Gautam Dey
Stop cribbing, start working.
Armed with brooms and firm resolve, intellectuals and social workers in Dhanbad adopted this mantra on Sunday to clean up a city landmark.
Under the banner of Dhanbad Action Group — an outfit of doctors, teachers, professors and social workers — 20 members gathered at Shramik Chowk around 2pm.
Then, they spruced up the roundabout with brooms and picked up garbage littered by nearby hotels and eateries in plastic bags.
Cleaning over, members of Dhanbad Action Group did not stop their good work. They planted as many as 30 saplings on the road dividers and along the Main Road.
They also handed over a memorandum to all the local eateries in this area, asking hoteliers to use plastic bags to dump garbage at an earmarked site from where these Good Samaritans would make arrangements for collection.
Speaking to The Telegraph, president of the organisation Dr N.K. Singh said that all shopkeepers and hoteliers have been asked to co-operate to keep Dhanbad a clean and green town.
“Today (Sunday) at Shramik Chowk, we pleaded with shopkeepers and hoteliers not to litter garbage on road. They agreed and have asked for two days’ time. Our mission is to keep the city clean and green. Our members will continue to work till we achieve our goal,” he added.
Besides the organisation’s president, others who were present on the occasion were imminent personalities of the town, including Dr Leena Singh, Ramesh Gandhi, Jay Lal, Ajit Kumar, Mihir Kumar, Ravi Srivastava and others.
Dr Singh said they had requested Dhanbad deputy commissioner Prashant Kumar to pass an order to slap fines on those found littering garbage on roads. A letter was issued, empowering the civic body to slap fines on errant residents.
“The order was issued about a month ago. Till date not a single person has been fined. Everyone throws garbage on roads with impunity,” he said.
But the outfit is doing all it can. Last week, its volunteers had carried out a similar drive near Puja Talkies. And, after Shramik Chowk, the next stop of these clean-green crusaders will be either Saraidhela or Bank More area. “We will carry out our cleanliness drives and spread awareness among residents across various localities to keep our city clean and green,” Singh signed off.