PRAYAGRAJ: In order to promote the culture of ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’ (RRR) among people of the Sangam city and at the same time help conserve environment, the Prayagraj municipal corporation has come up with a project to set up centres across the city where the residents can donate items they no longer need.
Named ‘RRR centres’ or ‘Neki Ki Deewar’ (wall of kindness), they would be set up near temples, parks as well as at the Sangam and other such places. The idea is to open some centres which would allow locals to donate old products and items ranging from clothes, woolens to electric and electronic gadgets that are still in good working condition which they no longer need. They could be used by the needy people like the homeless and destitute, said Prayagraj municipal commissioner and CEO of Prayagraj Smart City Limited, Chandra Mohan Garg. The first such centre out of the proposed 10 to be opened in the first phase under the Prayagraj Smart City initiative has started functioning near the Hanuman temple in Civil Lines. The ‘RRR’ initiative is expected to cut down the generation of avoidable waste and help keep the city cleaner, he said.
Garg said that the centres have been named ‘Neki ki Deewar’ so that people get motivated to cooperate in this kind and well-intentioned move. “We are urging good Samaritans, social, religious and cultural organisations and common citizens to cooperate to make this new initiative successful,” he added.
Besides, four mobile RRR centres would also be opened in the Sangam area, he explained. In these centres, space will be given for people to donate worn or old clothes besides space to put other items such as books, toys, shoes and slippers besides any other thing they believe others could use.
Mission manager (technical) of the Prayagraj Smart City Project Sanjeev Kumar Sinha said that the cooperation of citizens is vital to make this charitable initiative aimed at promoting sustainable practices towards eliminating plastic and e-waste successful. He said that items which are not taken by needy people from these centres will be recycled and shaped into other useful products.