Ribandar Manxer-Portais highway enroute Old Goa junction to Merces to Panjim witnessed "Chaka-chak Goa" a garbage cleaning drive to clear stewed garbage on the Chimbel bye-pass junction culvert on India’s Republic Day from 9.30 am.
The intensive cleaning drive with Ribandar locals supported by the volunteering students of Fr. Agnel School, Pilar clicked off at the Portais Immaculate Conception Chapel at 9.00 am.
Ribandar Chimbel Rakhon Somiti (RCRS) initiated this move to create awareness about the garbage problem and appealed to general public to avoid dumping garbage on roadsides, open spaces, fields and rivers. RCRS members along with Chaka-chak Goa collected plastic garbage for a proper disposal with the government approved contractor.
The Chaka-Chak Goa One-Time Clean-up campaign was a movement coordinated by Patricia Pinto to create awareness among the citizens of the garbage problem and the solution. Locations included Malpem and Tivim Railway stations; Merces-Old Goa junction to Chimbel; Merces-Old Goa junction to Military Training Centre, Bambolim; Bandora, Kavale and Borim; Farmagudi police station; and Colva, Benaulim, Seraulim and Betalbatim main roads. The drive began from 9.30 am to 11.30 am with 2,500 student volunteers from the NSS (National Social Service) units of undergraduate colleges in Goa, and some higher secondary schools working alongside citizens at the stipulated locations in Goa.
Report by our correspondent with inputs from John Lobo & Elvis D’Souza (both RCRS) and photographs by Prakash Naik, professional photographer from Ribandar.