A pilot project called “Meri Dilli, Meri Yamuna” introduced by non-government organisation Art of Living for a cleaner Capital, mobilised a large number of citizens across 18 sites in Delhi and the National Capital Region on Sunday.

The pilot project is intended to provide a beginning and assess requirements for a week-long clean up drive planned from September 6 to 12 in Delhi. The drive, supported by the Delhi Government, will include cleaning up of strategic sites to present a cleaner Capital to the world during the upcoming Commonwealth Games.

According to the organisers, market associations, residents' welfare associations and youth volunteers have shown interest in the pilot project and joined the campaigners at the sites. These include key market places across Delhi and NCR like Centre Market Lajpat Nagar, West Patel Nagar market, PVR Saket, Tilak Nagar market and Rohini market.

The “Meri Dilli Meri Yamuna” campaign has been working towards creating the “three A's” of awareness, action and accountability among the Delhi Government, its citizens, NGOs, educational institutions and corporate houses to clean up and sustain cleanliness in Delhi. The campaign also includes other initiatives and awareness building measures.

The pilot drive will cover sites in North, East, West, Central and South Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida, Faridabad, Dwarka and Gurgaon.

Present at the pilot project, MCD Inspector K.K. Das said, “This is a great initiative. A reason why we end up with filthy localities is because there is always a dispute over responsibilities between the various agencies. So this cause will encourage people to come together and participate in facilitating a healthy and clean society.”

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