Guwahati, August 17: As the people of the state were celebrating Independence Day, a group of youths in the city were busy carrying out a cleaning garbage dumps at Deepor Beel here in order to raise public awareness on waste management and threat posed to the water body as well as locals in the area because of garbage dumped in the area.
The clean-up drive was carried out a group of environment conscious youths under the aegis or organisations called The Midway Journey, Earthfull Foundation, Fridays for Future, Climate Front India, North East Development Agency and Xondhan.
. The dumping site has been causing contamination of Beel water and a threat to the habitats of the area. Another issue that was flagged during the campaign raised was the railway track through the water body which has caused danger to the lives of elephants as their movement corridor has been disrupted by the track.
Beginning with the photo display at the Deepor Beel site, followed by a clean-up drive, from which the garbage will go to the recycling plants.
A person named Shivam from Arth for Humanity masked up as Hargila (Greater Adjutant Stork) helped with the clean-up while raising awareness about the threat posed to the endangered bird.
Few elderly village people working tirelessly towards the issues called ‘Haati Bondhus’, Romila Boro, wife of Mr. Koliya Boro who died in a railway accident trying to save an elephant, Hareswar Tumung, Promod Kalita and Bijoy Rabha were felicitated.
Moreover, Mr. Lakhindor Teron was felicitated at his home as he could not attend the event due to health issues. He met with an accident when he was trying to make passage for elephants by trying to stop a that was car passing by the road besides the Deepor Beel.
A mime was performed by Minangka Deka reflecting real issues of Deepor Beel and how it has affected the local people’s lives and livelihoods. The group urged people to take pledge and share how they would like to contribute towards a waste-free environment. Many agreed to stop using single-use plastic and use their own reusable bags and cutlery whenever needed. The day later ended with a fruitful webinar of garbage dumping problems and plausible solutions.