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From beach clean-up to khadi fest, Mumbai honours the Mahatma

Maintaining traditions: Employees of Mani Bhavan, Mahatma Gandhi’s residence, spinning yarn to mark his 150th birth anniversary. Vivek Bendre

Maintaining traditions: Employees of Mani Bhavan, Mahatma Gandhi’s residence, spinning yarn to mark his 150th birth anniversary. Vivek Bendre   | Photo Credit: vivek Bendre

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Interactive installation in Fort urges people to walk Mahatma’s path; KVIC creates Sabarmati Ashram replica at Vile Parle; volunteers team up to clean Versova beach

The city marked the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on Wednesday with a variety of initiatives and events, from an interactive installation in Bapu’s voice in Fort, a clean-up drive by nearly 1,500 students at Versova beach and a replica of Sabarmati Ashram put up at a Khadi Fest in Vile Parle.

At Mahatma Gandhi Road, a two-day interactive installation was witnessed by over 500 people. An initiative by Tata Salt, the installation saw people being urged to walk Bapu’s path. It reinforced the message of ‘Cleanliness is next to Godliness.’ Gaurav Pethe, who came up with the installation, said it had a screen board and four sensors with facial detection capability. So every time someone passed by, the the 35-second interaction started by saying, “How are you?”

Since the installation was on Mahatma Gandhi Road, the message from Bapu was, “You cross this road every day, but are you even following my path?” said Mr. Pethe.

The interactive screen had three different backgrounds, that of a wall full of tobacco stains, railway tracks and a beach littered with garbage. And as one looked into Bapu’s eyes, the visual of the littered beach slowly transformed into a clean beach.

Focus on sanitation

Sagar Boke, head of marketing, consumer product business, Tata Chemicals Ltd. said the initiative was the company’s homage to the Father of the Nation. The installation, with interactive images and sounds, will help bring alive his thoughts and words on cleanliness and sanitation for all, he said. “We hope the initiative will instil in each one the aspiration to be a torchbearer for a cleaner nation.”

Auspicious beginnings: CEO of Khadi and Village Industries Commission, Preeta Verma, inaugurates the Khadi Fest at Irla, on Wednesday. Vijay Bate.

Auspicious beginnings: CEO of Khadi and Village Industries Commission, Preeta Verma, inaugurates the Khadi Fest at Irla, on Wednesday. Vijay Bate.   | Photo Credit: Vijay Bate

At Vile Parle, the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) celebrated Gandhi Jayanti by creating a replica of Sabarmati Ashram at its Khadi Fest 2019, being held in Mumbai till November 1.

Preeta Verma, chief executive officer, KVIC said, while inaugurating the exhibition, “Let us all imbibe the ideals of the Mahatma and search for the Gandhi within us. Together, we can fulfil the dreams of Bapu in letter and spirit. Join us in our endeavour for increasing rural employment and upliftment of villages through the auspices of KVIC.”

‘Inculcate values’

In the morning, over 1,500 students studying at ALLEN Career Institute, along with 200 staff members, participated in a clean-up drive at Versova beach.

The students and staff members joined Afroz Shah, UN Environment’s Champion of the Earth, in the drive with the theme #SwachBharatAbhiyan.

“I am proud that our Mumbai team participated in huge numbers for the clean-up,” said Brajesh Maheshwari, director of ALLEN Career Institute. “It is the third year that a large number of students have participated by cleaning various public places. This is just a small step to inculcate great values among our students to make them responsible citizens and make our country a better place to live in.”

Little Bapus: Children dressed as Mahatma Gandhi participating in the ‘Father of the Nation‘ rally organised by United Students Association in Nagpur. S.Sudarshan

Little Bapus: Children dressed as Mahatma Gandhi participating in the ‘Father of the Nation‘ rally organised by United Students Association in Nagpur. S.Sudarshan   | Photo Credit: S Sudershan

During the drive, plastic waste was collected and handed over to the municipal authorities for disposal. All the team members and students were provided with gloves. Among 3,000 other volunteers who joined Mr. Shah were Central Reserve Police Force jawans, probationary officers and employees of the Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., officials of Export-Import Bank of India and others.

Meanwhile, the Confederation of Indian Industry on Wednesday organised a ‘Plogging Run’ at Juhu beach, which involved running for 2 km or more while collecting plastic waste at the beach.

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