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ADBU cleans canal

The power of one. The sight of clogged Kalmuni canal in front of the Assam Don Bosco University (ADBU) boys hostel with plastic garbage from local shops, stagnant and pollutant water giving out methane gas is nauseous. People protested, locals threatened to take action and gave ultimatum before media. Several rounds of discussions were carried out by university administration and hostel authorities at ADBU, Azara campus. 

As no one stepped in to do anything, one Master of Social Science student borrowed a rake from the owner of Nurjahan store, one of the chief polluting agents who dump plastic and tetra pack waste from his shop, as well as cow dung from his cowshed into the canal. 

The lone student started clean up operations by pulling ashore floating plastic water and juice  bottles, plastic bags, cups, and other garbage items as passersbywatched.

On the following days teams of ADBU students joined after class hours in the evening to clean up garbage from the canal. 

Following day some faculty members too joined clean up operations of the clogged canal which collected bath water from the boys’ hostel, and waste from neighbouring shops.

The university authorities employed staff to remove the polluting garbage heaped on the canal banks and help make the environment clean


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I am a student pursuing Masters Degree in Mass Communication at Assam Don Bosco University. I did my Bachelor’s degree in Arts from St. Mary’s College Shillong. My passion is Photography, Audio and Video Editing and News Reporting.

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