"Cleanliness is next to godliness" - Keeping this in mind, a mass cleanliness drive was organised on 14th October 2012 by the Environment cell of NSS, IIT Roorkee in the campus.
The students were made to assemble near Saraswati Mandir by 11:30 a.m. from where the drive commenced. Each student was provided with a pair of gloves and a poly bag to handle the garbage. Boys took the initiative of collecting the litters from roadside whereas the girls spread awareness with the help of posters having catchy slogans. From Saraswati Mandir, the drive went on to Saraswati Kunj and then headed towards the convocation hall, cleaning the roadside around Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium.
All sorts of trash including plastics, wrappers, empty packets, used bottles, papers etc were collected in separate bags. Students kept themselves involved in the activity showing great zeal and enthusiasm reflecting their feelings towards cleanliness..
There were no dustbins near the pavement close to Lal Bahadur Stadium due to which, a lot of garbage was found littered there. It could also be noticed that people were throwing garbage near the bins and not into the bins, showing their negligence to abide by the cleanliness rules and their laziness basically which made the surrounding look even worse there. The drive ended at the Department of Chemical Engineering and all poly bags along with gloves were disposed in the dustbin.
This event made everyone realize that "Improvement begins with 'I' ".It also made people to realize that their localities are also just like their homes and it's the people's own duty to make it look clean and not litter randomly. Moreover the participants of this drive are proud that they have inspired so many of the public who would have seen their activity on the way and would have got some inspiration to keep their own surrounding's also clean and if each one teaches one, then our planet can become a heavenly place to dwell in.