PUNE, India : First site when you visit under Magarpatta flyover is stinking corners, empty alcohol bottles and pillars full of unauthorized advertisements. While most of the citizens are used to this site, youth groups in Pune decided to take matters in their hand and make it a better looking place. Ahead of Ganesh Utsav, members of Global Shapers Pune, Swachh Pune, Improve my city and Genie decided to spend their Sunday mornings by clearing dirt, cleaning and painting all the pillars. PMC authorities also supported the cleaning drive with approvals and staff support. There has been a consistent outpour of volunteers of all age groups and NGOs to support this drive. There has been beautification of almost 19 pillars till date. The pillars have Warli painting giving different messages like Save Girl Child, Many Religion One Pune, Keep Pune Clean, etc. Many pillars also exhibit Pune logo used for Smart city project.
The Flyover pillars endorse a new look which is appreciated by many on-lookers and residential. The rickshaw drivers who wait under the flyover say “Lai bari kaam kartai tumhi” (You guys are doing a great job). “Citizens comprise of different kinds of people, those who keep places clean and those who litter around. We wanted to spread the message that the more responsible you would be towards your city, the more cleanly it would remain”, said Devendra Jani, Global Shaper at Pune.
Volunteers and members were happy to see thumbs-up by citizens who pass by, while work was in-progress. The team is also drafting a suggestion letter which will be submitted to PMC authorities about their findings.
The Global Shapers Community is an initiative of the World Economic Forum – an independent, not-for-profit international organization – to engage young people and help bring fresh ideas and innovative, entrepreneurial solutions to some of the most pressing global challenges.