NASHIK: The Nashik Municipal Corporation (NMC) in association with around 600 non-government organisations (NGOs) conducted a drive to clean river Godavari in the city ahead of the World Environment Day.
Apart from Godavari, the river cleaning drives were also conducted at Nasardi, Vaghadi and Valdevi. Around 160 tonne of garbage were collected during the drive.
A total of 5,200 people participated in the drive, including 2,500 officials and employees of the civic body. One robot, 17 excavators, 14 dumpers and 20 tractors were provided by the municipal corporation for the drive.
An official from the NMC said, "The drive had been planned with the help of around 60 NGOs. The drive was conducted at a total of 11 places on four rivers of the city. We collected around 160 tonne of garbage during the drive."
City mayor Ranjana Bhansi launched the cleanliness drive at the Kapila conflux of the Godavari at Tapovan. Apart from the 11 places, the drive was also conducted at five other places — Balalji temple, Someshwar temple, Anandvalli, Sahoday Nagar and Chopda Lawns.
Municipal commissioner Abhishek Krishna, deputy mayor Prathmesh Gite, chairman of NMC's standing committee Shivaji Gangurde were also present during the cleanliness drive.