MUMBAI: On the eve of World Environment Day, nearly 2,000 volunteers, including schoolchildren, turned up to remove the plastic filth that the sea had washed ashore on a 3-km stretch at Versova beach. It was the 87th weekend since Versova residents, led by lawyer Afroz Shah, along with the civic body, began cleaning the beach. On Sunday, they removed more than 160 tonnes of trash.
Joining in the largest clean-up to celebrate World Ocean Day on June 8, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and its India head Vijay Samnotra, Maharashtra Maritime Board and Lions each contributed 100 coconut trees for a plantation drive along the beach, which saw politicians pitching in for a cause they have now taken a shine to. A private bank brought in 1,000 volunteers, while a Mazgaon ship care company brought along 80 employees. Among the …
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