Srinagar, May 23 : As part of the activities planned for Swachhta Pakhwada (Cleanliness Fortnight), Central government pensioners welfare association Kashmir participated in a Special Cleanliness Campaign at Khushalsar on Monday in collaboration with a reputed NGO Nagin Lake Conservation Organization led by Manzoor Wangnoo.
According to a statement, issued to Here, for this purpose, a large number of members led by Mohammad Shafi Pandit, IAS (Rtd), President, CGPWA (K), proceeded to Khushal Sar in the morning, where they were joined by the representatives of NLCO, local residents, a huge group of students from schools and other stakeholders including a senior academician Dr Sanjay Gupta, Director, Centre for Water, Rishihood University and persons having hands on experience in the field of water bodies management.
The statement reads that the representatives of CGPWA, NLCO and several prominent local residents participated in the cleaning drive in shikaras and with the help of huge machine (Water Master), specially requisitioned for the cleaning campaign.
“They also visited the spot near Gil Kadal, where they were shown the patch of Khushal Sar which has recently been cleaned by NLCO at huge cost of time and effort, which offered great hope for achieving the goal of restoring, protecting and preserving the water bodies in the heart of Srinagar city, by synergising the limited resources available.”
It added that after participating in the cleanliness drive, a meeting for creating awareness of the budding youth and recognition of the committed activists was held at Kashmir Mahal, Nishat, where the bottlenecks witnessed in carrying out an effective cleaning drive, and steps to be taken for making such drives sustainable in the long term, were identified.
President CGPWA stated that the association had assured the representatives of NLCO of their fullest support in carrying out their noble mission, by providing some financial support within their limited means as well as canvassing support at appropriate levels in the government and public level.
He also mentioned that the Association would recommend the project to be brought under the umbrella of a Public-Private Partnership Project.
Those present on the occasion included GH Kango, former Principal Chief conservator of Forests, G Q Bacha, former Commissioner, Shabir Mujahid, Qaiser Qalander, GM Wani, Secy CGPWA (K), AS Lone, SD Bajad, GM Mir, AS Bhat, MA Mehtab and other senior officers from various services.