Spring Daleans join Project Chalte-Chalte to rid their city of filth, potholes and gratuitous material
Join hands with local NGO to start a pan Amritsar WhatsApp drive
An occasional walk within half a kilometer radius of your house could yield footprints that could go down as momentous in the annals of history. Dr Sushil Gupta, who heads the NGO ‘My Mother Most Beautiful’ says that was how it was in the past and that is how it is likely to be when the most potent force comprising students and teachers steps out on the roads to look for anomalies on city roads causing inconvenience to the public and point these out to the civic authorities concerned, forcing them to rectify the same, through the use of WhatsApp.
Titled ‘Chalte-Chalte’, the project is the brainchild of Dr Gupta, who is synonymous with the removal of tonnes of plastic wires from signboards and electricity poles listed in the Limca Book of Records. While the school has assured full support to Dr Gupta in this endeavour, students associated with three clubs of the school – Youth for Change, Environment Club, and Health and Wellness Club were seen interacting with Dr Gupta in this regard during a special session organized in the school premises.
Interacting with the students, Dr Gupta informed that the project entailed use of the popular mobile phone application WhatsApp. He added that all it needed was a smart phone and a cellular connection, which the school would provide to each of the classes involved. “The students have to go out for a walk near their house, spot some anomalies in public places, click a picture, and upload it in their WhatsApp group. The administrator of the group or the teacher concerned would forward the same to the Principal, who will forward it further to me,” he said.
He added that the anomalies could range from wrongly placed unipoles, signboards, or anything causing inconvenience to the masses. “Invoking the Right to Information (RTI), we have sought information from the civic authorities concerned regarding the places designated for the placement of unipoles, the revenue that is being generated from the same, the defacement of display boards, and how many people have been prosecuted for the same in the past three months,” he maintained.
Dr Gupta said that the students were also free to report about accident prone locations, uncovered manholes and broken stretches of roads in the city with pictures. “Our aim is to make our city clean and habitable for one and all, by involving as many people as possible in this endeavour,’ he averred.
Mr Rajiv Kumar Sharma, Principal, Spring Dale Senior School, said that the involvement in the project would provide the students with an excellent opportunity to practically execute the knowledge that is imparted to them during the meetings of the environment club, Youth For Change Club and Health and Wellness Club as well as seminars on environment, and debates and classroom discussions on ecology.
He maintained that previously too, the school had taken up similar social projects in collaboration with Dr Gupta, the results of which had been quite satisfactory. Dr Kirat Sandhu Cheema, Director, Spring Dale Senior School, and Mr Sahiljit Singh Sandhu, President, Spring Dale Educational Society, said that the initiative would go a long way in not just making Amritsar a better place to live, but also in enabling students to do their bit for their city.
Spring Dale Senior School