1. Mumbai: Lawyer Afroz Shah who cleaned city beach thanks PM Narendra Modi for encouraging words

Mumbai: Lawyer Afroz Shah who cleaned city beach thanks PM Narendra Modi for encouraging words

A city-based lawyer, who was lauded today by Narendra Modi for cleanliness work he has done at the Versova beach here, thanked the Prime Minister saying his words will act as a morale booster.

By: | Mumbai | Published: May 28, 2017 9:39 PM
Lawyer Afroz Shah, cleaned city beach, PM Narendra Modi, cleanliness, swatchh bharat, india Mumbai-based lawyer Afroz Shah (right) and Erik Solheim, head of United Nations Environment, clean the Versova beach in Mumbai. (PTI)

A city-based lawyer, who was lauded today by Narendra Modi for cleanliness work he has done at the Versova beach here, thanked the Prime Minister saying his words will act as a morale booster. Afroz Shah, a 36-year-old lawyer at the Bombay High Court, was praised by Modi during the radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’ for the cleanliness work done by him and his team to transform the Versova beach. “A few days ago, you must have heard that the Versova beach in Mumbai, which was infamous for its filth has now transformed into a clean and beautiful beach. People toiled for about 80-90 weeks, unceasingly and turned Versova beach around by extracting thousand of tonnes of waste materials and today Versova beach is clean and beautiful,” Modi had said.

“This campaign was owned by Versova Residence volunteer or VRV. A gentleman called Afroz Shah started this mission from October, 2015 whole heartedly with all his might, slowly people started joining his bandwagon and turned into a people’s movement. “For this outstanding work, United Nations Environment Programme or UNEP awarded ‘Champion of the Earth’ Award to Afroz Shah, and thus he has become the first Indian to achieve this distinction. I congratulate Afroz Shah, and felicitate this people’s movement. The manner in which he gathered the people of the area into a peoples collective and gave it the shape of a people’s movement in itself an inspiring example,” Modi had said.

An elated Shah told PTI that he was thankful to the prime minister for the kind words. “This has further encouraged me to expand my mission and I would like to replicate (it) at all the beaches across the country, and not only in Mumbai,” said Shah. The lawyer said he has taken an oath to continue cleaning the beaches on a mission mode. “I would continue till I am physically active or my limbs help me and I am confident to take a large number people along with me in my mission,” he added.

According to Shah, since the drive has been launched, his team has so far removed around 5.5 million kg of waste in 85 weeks from the Versova beach. “My team members go the beach every Saturday and Sunday and collect the garbage and dump it near the points from where, BMC (civic body) men take it to segregation centres,” Shah explained.

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    Aniruddha
    May 28, 2017 at 10:23 pm
    Kudos to Mr.Afroz Shah for his commendable effort to clean the Versova Beach in Mumbai. We the citizens deserve this type of clean beaches and should maintain it for ever. If similar effort and resolution is made to clean the Mithi River then the day is not far away when clear water will flow down this important river. To draw a similarity Recently Tejas Express Runs between Mumbai and Karmali Station, an excellent initiative by Railway Minister. But on its very maiden journey we saw photographs of broken windows by miscreants and stolen headphones, why we do all this things, when the very passengers are travel after paying such high cost tickets, why we do such acts, where does our patriotism lies in all these shameful acts. Finally again a G Salute to Mr. Afroz Shah for his excellent efforts and Thanks to the Railway Minister for giving such an experience to the Indian Railway Passengers.
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