The weeklong “Clean Jammu” campaign launched by the Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) on September 26 concluded today with a marathon on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti.
A large number of students and residents participated in the run to create awareness among people to improve sanitation conditions in the city and participate in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Before the start of the marathon, floral tributes were paid to Mahatma Gandhi at Satwari Chowk. Former Prime Minister Lal Bahudar Shastri was also remembered on his birth anniversary.
The marathon was flagged off by Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh. Students from Government Girls Higher Secondary School, Satwari, Government Boys High School, Jammu Cantonment, Boys Model Middle School, Primary School, Nai Basti, and people from all walks of life participated in the run giving a message to the society to keep the city clean and green.
Though not much has changed when it comes to sanitation condition in the city, but during the weeklong drive, several wards were covered, where cleanliness drive was launched. Artistes of Natrang and employees of the Municipal Corporation presented items on the importance of cleanliness, keeping surroundings clean and to discarding the use of polythene.
Later, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Kevinder Gupta distributed awards to winners Kamal Kishore, Munish Sharma and Amit Sharma for standing first, second and third, respectively, in the marathon and to Mandeep Kaur for standing first in the girls’ category.
Anshika and Nivriti got the first and second prize, respectively, in the skating category and for providing support to the Municipal Corporation.
Delhi Public School, Sheedhi Chowk, adopted the Sheedhi Chowk area and the Sulabh International adopted the mini market area, Trikuta Nagar, for sanitation and cleanliness.
The Department of Ecology and Remote Sensing distributed pamphlets and literature among students to educate them regarding the necessity of keeping the environment clean and pollution free. Saplings were also distributed by the Department of Forest among students to plant them to make Jammu greener.