Kohima, February 29 (NE): In an effort towards a clean Kohima, the Environmentally Conscious Children’s Organisation (ECCO), the Sociology Students of St Joseph College Jakhama and the Green Team Kohima joined hands with Kohima Smart City and Kohima Municipal, organized a Clean up drive on February 29, 2020, along the National Highway Stretch from Classic Junction to TCP Gate Junction.
A total of 45 Students from St Joseph and 9 ECCO Kids joined the Green Team Volunteers and picked up litter along the Sidewalks and the Drains. The Volunteers and Students reported of drains filled with 1 Litre Mineral Water Bottles and Garbage and opined that citizens should find dustbins to throw waste and not clog the drains. While the newly paved roads looks very clean, the volunteers said that the drains and areas below the Sidewalks are full of litter. Apart from the Mineral Water Bottles, 70% of the Litter collected had Tobacco wrappers like Talab and Tulsi which is a matter of concern and perhaps need to be addressed through Awareness Campaigns. The Volunteers however observed that single use plastic waste has reduced to a large extent, informed a press release from Kohima Smart City Development Limited, CEO, Kovi Meyase.
The St Joseph College Students expressed that the Clean up was a good experience and an eye opener for them and that all of us have a role to play in keeping our City Clean. If everyone chips in and do our part by taking responsibility of our own waste then we can dream of a day when we won’t need Town Sweepers or Social Works, and towards that we can create awareness in our own little way and do our part by cleaning our own neighbourhoods. Like Jentina Yaomei Shangkhu, the 12 Year old Student of Little Flower Higher Secondary School and founder of ECCO Kids say, Little efforts will lead to Big Change, added the press release.