New Delhi: On the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, several government agencies, including the Delhi police, organised a “plog run” across the city. At the Golden Jubilee Park (near Rajghat), lieutenant-governor Anil Baijal flagged off the run in the presence of police commissioner Amulya Patnaik.
Plogging is a combination of walking and jogging and picking up the litter scattered around while at it. Mr Baijal also administered the oath to the participants to eliminate single-use plastic, segregate the waste, and to motivate others to keep the city clean and green.
The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) also organised plog runs in all four zones, which witnessed a large crowd of enthusiastic participants. They also collected plastic waste in large quantities.
The East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC), in association with the Indian Pollution Control Association (IPCA) and Dabur India Ltd, also organised a plogging drive under the “My 10 kg Plastic Campaign” at the V3S Mall bus stand in Laxmi Nagar, where participants picked plastic waste on the go.
Senior officers of the corporation, representatives of RWAs, and a number of local people participated in the event. Mayor Anju Kamalkant said: “We need to remove plastic from our lifestyle so that we can save our environment.
Commissioner Dr Dilraj Kaur said that plastic is harmful to the environment because it takes thousands of years to decompose.