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.
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.