Known lesser for its beauty and more for piles of trash on its shores, Versova beach has undergone a massive makeover and now dons an incredibly clean look.
A few months ago, Versova was one of the dirtiest beaches of not just Mumbai, but the world. A whopping 5 million kg of trash was removed from the shores of Versova beach.
It took 85 weeks and the tremendous efforts of Afroz Shah, a Bombay High Court lawyer, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and locals of the city to clean up all the filth.
On the occasion of World Environment Day on June 5, senior officials from United Nations will join Shah and his volunteers in the beach-cleanup drive.
For the entire cleaning drive, the efforts of Afroz Shah have been quite significant. For his dedication for the clean-up, United Nations had also awarded him with ‘Champions of the Earth’, its top environmental honor, in December last year.
The drive to clean Versova was launched by Shah and his neighbor, the late Harbansh Mathur, way back in October, 2015. As the days passed, he was joined by hundreds of volunteers in their mission. During his free time, he organized several volunteer camps and drives to clean the beach. Soon, he was also joined by BMC which helped with the requisite machinery and workers to enable the transportation of garbage to the dumping ground.
After attaining success with Versova, Shah now wants clean other beaches too. He wants the locals to devote two hours every week to lift the faces of other beaches. He has also made an appeal to the people of Mumbai to maintain the cleanliness of Versova by not throwing plastic or any other sort of trash there.