The Let’s Be The Change group conducted a clean-up drive at one of Bangalore’s filthiest neighborhoods – KR Market.
“Let’s Be The Change (LBTC)” conducted a “Cleaning Market and Spreading the Awareness” event on the 16th of September, 2013.
After a meeting with the volunteers and planning everything, I explained to Mr. Marwan from Radio Active 90.4 FM about organizing an event like this. Mr. Marwan liked the idea, so he contacted Mr. Ramakanth from the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and told him about our group and the event. Mr. Ramakanth was impressed and happy to help.
With the plan confirmed, we created the event on our Facebook page and started spreading it all over. Every volunteer was ready, set and excited about Sunday morning! We all had planned to meet at my place at 7AM and then leave for KR market. We were provided with all necessary equipment things like gloves,masks, etc. from the BBMP so we didn’t have to worry much.
We reached KR Market on Sunday morning and every volunteer was charged up with energy and excitement. There we met Mr. Ramakanth who started explaining about how we can clean up, teaching us important things to remember, like segregation. He told us we would be cleaning one straight road which was really dirty with all kinds of vegetables, plastics and more, and all together it had a bad smell . We became more excited, inspired and serious about cleaning after hearing Mr. Ramakanth’s talk picked up all the equipment provided by the BBMP.
We started the cleaning drive from one end of the road. People were shocked to see us do so and a few even joined us. After cleaning each place we asked the shop keepers not to dirty the place again because it’s their city too, and made them aware of what happens when the place is not kept clean. We cleared the road for about two and half hours continuously, and in the end the BBMP brought a JCB collection machine which helped us clean the dirtiest garbage from the end of the road.
In the end we all were so happy to see the clean road and we were so proud of ourselves and our work. We then went to the BBMP office at KR market, had a chat with the BBMP staff and Mr.Ramakanth, and were given fruit to eat. Finally, we went back to the bus stand and came back to our place.
You can view more photos from the clean up here.
The whole event was really fun and we learned a lot. We all experienced the saying, “If you want to see a change, then be the change!”
We’re very thankful to Mr.Ramakanth, the BBMP and Mr. Marwan. Every voluneer who came had an awesome experience and we’re very proud that they are doing their part to save the environment.