Sanitation worker recreates old songs for anti-trash campaign

Pune, Nov 18 (PTI) Pune-based sanitation workerMahadev Jadhav's unique style of parodying old Bollywood songsto discourage citizens from dumping garbage in public isearning him kudos on social media.

The idea to recreate the old songs struck the57-year-old employee of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC)when he saw some 'educated people' throwing plastic bagscontaining trash on roads in Parvati area while going for amorning walk.

'Since I have a penchant for singing and writingpoems, I have been using the same interest to create awarenessregarding waste management and segregation of dry and wetgarbage at source, and discouraging people from dumpinggarbage in public,' said Jadhav, who is attached to WasteManagement department.

Videos of Jadhav holding people's attention by singingwhile sweeping the streets have gone viral on social media.

Recalling his experience, Jadhav said one morning hesaw well-to-do people dumping garbage on roadside while outfor a morning walk.

'Annoyed by their attitude, I decided to createawareness about the ill practice through singing. I twistedthe classic Hindi song 'Kajra Mohabbat Wala' into 'KacharaSookha aur Geela, sabne mila kar dala, kachare ne leli sabkijaan re, gaur se suniye mehereban..',' he said.

A key member of a PMC cultural group, Jadhav and hislike-minded colleagues visit schools, colleges as well ashousing societies where they perform skits and sing songs onthe importance of waste management.

Taking the 'Kajra Mohabbatwala...' theme forward,Jadhav adds, ''Carry bag ye plastic wala, isko aadat kar dala,aadat ne le li sabki jaan, gaur se suniye mehereban' (thehabit of using carry bag has killed us)'.

Jadhav claimed he was getting invitations fromresidential societies who want him to create awareness amongthe residents about waste management through his unique style.

Jadhav's senior Dnyaneshwar Molak, who heads the PMC'swaste management department, said the former turned a socialcause into a personal mission, which is a matter of pride.

'We are planning to appoint him as our cleanlinessbrand ambassador for the Central government's cleanlinesssurvey, to be conducted by the civic body,' he added.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had appealed people inthe past to stop using plastic to take care of environment.

The PM had himself collected garbage at Mamallapurambeach during morning walk last month. PTI SPK NSKNSK NSK