JAMMU, May 21:
Several students today took a pledge to make the city polythene-free and protect the Tawi river at the ‘Clean Jammu, Clean Tawi’ campaign here.
The three-day campaign, which began this morning, is being organised by the Jammu and Kashmir Police Wives Welfare Association (JKPWWA).
State Minister for Housing and Urban Development Sat Pal Sharma and Director General of Police S P Vaid inaugurated the campaign by flagging of a bike rally from Parade Ground.
It was followed by ‘Walk for Tawi’. Over 3,000 students from government and private schools undertook the walk from the Parade Ground to the Hari Singh Park, which is along the banks of the river.
The students, including a large number of girls, were seen carrying placards in support of the campaign.
Senior police and civil officials, including Chief Secretary B B Vyas, also attended the opening ceremony, in which participants took a pledge to make Jammu clean and polythene-free, dispose waste properly and keep roads clean.
The participants also pledged not to pollute the Tawi river and ensure its protection.
The campaigners have planned cultural programmes, painting competitions, lectures on waste management and quizzes across the city, besides cleanliness drives at different places, including the banks of the river, the DGP said.
In Srinagar, a similar campaign would be launched by the state police in September to make it one of the cleanest cities of the country, Vaid said.
Lauding the police for the initiative, Minister Sharma said the campaign is in sync with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’.
“Everyone should come forward and contribute to make the city clean,” he said.