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11,000+ Sanitary Workers, 1,00,000 Toilets & Use Of Technology To Ensure A ‘Swachh’ Kumbh 2019

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Kumbh Mela is undoubtedly the biggest religious convention in India, attracting devotees from all over the world. In fact, the 2019 Kumbh Mela, starting on January 15 in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, is being considered as the largest human gathering in the world. The 2019 Kumbh Mela is estimated to witness a record footfall of around 12 crore pilgrims, according to the prediction by the Urban Development Ministry.

However, the huge amount of waste left behind by the attendees every year has drawn controversy time and again, with questions raised about the shoddy management. But this time, the state government has decided to take a serious stance against pollution and mismanagement. Presently, the ‘Swachh Kumbh-2019’ scheme is being implemented under strict supervision to ensure the best Kumbh Mela experience in history. One of the initiatives which deserve a lot of appreciation includes the employment of 11,400 sanitary workers, reports The Times Of India. In addition, the Prayagraj Mela Authority is resorting to innovative technology like garbage compactors and trash disposal vehicles that can be monitored by GPS.

Measures taken for Swachh Kumbh 2019

The venue for this 49-day long religious congregation is 3200 hectares wide, which has been divided into 20 sectors for better management. Mela Adhikari 2019 Rajeev Rai informed The Times Of India that the 20 sectors would be linked by a 250 km road. Every day, divided into 950 teams, the 11,400 sanitary workers would make sure that these roads remain spick-and-span. The workers would also regularly clean the offices, camps, ghats and public utilities including the toilets. Reportedly, over 1 lakh makeshift toilets are being installed at the event venue.

Garbage compactors and GPS-fitted tipper vans

For the first time, the Mela authorities are introducing over 20,000 liner bag dustbins instead of large garbage cans, as these trash bags ensure hassle-free cleaning and instant reuse.

40 garbage compactors, two in each sector, would be deployed. For collection and proper disposal of the garbage, six tipper vans would be active in the Mela grounds.

“These tipper vans would be fitted with GPS trackers so that we can keep a check on their movement. Depending on the requirement, we might even increase their frequency,” Rai shared. He also added that they are planning a number of measures to increase public awareness about maintaining cleanliness in the Mela. Posters and banners would be put up and Nukad nataks would be organised for the same.
The Kumbh Mela website, 24X7 telephone helpline and social media pages launched for the public must be mentioned. The website offers every bit of information about the event, just a click away. With a fast response rate to any query, the Kumbh Facebook page has also gained much popularity.


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Goonj Is Working With 1000’s Of Volunteers & Partner NGOs To Provide Covid-19 Relief In 18 States

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With the extension of the lockdown the crisis of migrant labourers and daily wagers has just grown bigger due to uncertainty and fear of future. In the migrant colonies, slums and for people in the villages hunger and desperation is building up day by day. This is high time we step up our efforts to support our people who are in dire need of food and hygiene essentials to survive the pandemic, Covid-19.

After the India-wide lockdown, a lot of jobless migrant workers are stuck in cities with hardly any resources while many started retreating back to their villages. With the loss of livelihoods, a large number of them are now struggling to support their families.

Goonj activated its pan India teams and a pan India network of partner organizations and volunteers in urban and rural India. This network, built over the last two decades, helps them learn from the ground, reach material quickly and review and adapt strategy periodically. Intensifying this network has helped Goonj reach and start work across 17produced states/UT in the last three weeks.
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Goonj’s focus: 

Majority of the Covid-19 relief work by non profits right now is in the metros and cities but Goonj is the only non profit that is also simultaneously focusing on the people in the villages and the ones stuck on highways or somewhere.

Goonj is targeting daily wagers, migrants and other vulnerable groups, who even traditionally are left out like the disabled, sex workers, LGBTQ community.

“COVID-19 is a crisis, yes…But, it’s also an opportunity for us to build the society anew. Not ‘for’ the people…but, ‘with’ the people. And in the process, we will build ourselves too.” – Anshu Gupta, Founder-Director, Goonj.

Direct Monetary and Material Transfer

Wherever Goonj got the permission to open their centres for packing and disbursement of relief material kits, they are creating a kit consisting of 20-30 kgs material including dry rations, masks, sanitary pads and other hygiene material and reaching them to people, as per needs and as per regulations with all safety precautions. This kit will help a family survive for 30 days.

Information till 10th April 2020:

  • Distributed 15,100 ration kits reaching thousands of people
  • Reached 17,700 families
  • Supporting 12 community kitchen across India with 16,600kgs of ration
  • 77,800 food packets provided to migrant laborers and daily wagers walking on the roads across the country.
  • Provided direct financial support to 32 organisations
  • Made 42,800 cloth face masks
  • 24,900 cloth sanitary napkins produced
  • Produced 1500 litres of organic sanitiser

In Goonj’s processing centers its trained team of women are making cloth face masks and cloth sanitary pads (MY-Pads), keeping all the precautions and with the permission and cooperation of the local authorities.

In this lock-down phase if you are facing any difficulty getting sanitary pads or you are running out of stock, here’s a detailed but very simple process of making Cloth Pads at home created by Goonj. “This is how we make Goonj MY Pads.” This is how our mothers and grandmothers turned their spare cloth into pads.

This disaster, unlike any other, is unprecedented in its scale and impact and that’s why we all must do our bit with Goonj to continue its relief work for millions of people in this still unfolding long-tailed disaster.

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