Work in Progress: Locals Participate in the #Trashtag Initiative
Goa is on the go! #Trashtag has actively involved many locals. It’s just been a while and the whats app notification on the dedicated number for our Garbage sentinels has been buzzing at Herald Café with pictures and locations of places to be cleaned.
A week ago, Herald Café announced a #Trashtag initiative responding to people informing them of garbage lying unattended in various places through images and locations sent. Surprisingly, in a short span of time, numerous responses have come in from various places.
Herald is filtering these pictures and information followed by sending them to Dristhi Lifesaving who is currently engaged in cleaning up Goa’s beaches. There are around ten places that have been spotted with garbage, clicked and sent by locals. Out of them five are at North Goa- St Inez, Miramar, Calangute, Mapusa and five from South Goa- Orlim Bridge, Sanquelim, Colvale, Palolem beach and Davorlim.
Joyce Pereira from Cobravaddo, Calangute sent images of her locality to Herald along with a copy of the letter she had sent to the Panchayat of the garbage problems near the area. She admits that there was no response from the Panchayat and was happy to contact Herald after the initiative of #Trashtag was taken. “The lane leading to the house of my 89 year old mother in Cobravaddo is completely littered with dried palm leaves, plastic, garbage and a stench of urine. It makes it impossible to pass through this path. Even after no response from the Panchayat I took the initiative and asked a few workers to help me clean, but they said they have no orders from the authorities to clean that place, I really didn’t know where to take help from and here I found an answer with Herald- Drishti initiative” expresses Joyce. Similarly, another observer has sent pictures of places near Miramar that have been filled with filth and plastic bottles. Tuan Gomes Pereira, a resident of Panjim has come across piles of garbage at different locations near Miramar with his early morning walk every day and sent a couple of pictures to Herald. Though happy with initiative, he says, “It’s a very good initiative but it is not only a question about cleaning and collecting garbage, there has to be a system or mechanism in place. People need to understand that once cleaned, once the favor is done it is our duty to maintain it. We can’t expect repeat favors.” He suggests that the plan and initiative should focus on how it is sustainable for a longer duration. He is so roght. This initiative needs more people like Tuan. Soon enough Drishti will depute teams for North and South Goa to clean the spots that was identified by a couple of locals.
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