The spiritual capital of India, Varanasi hosts millions of tourists every year. A majority of these tourists visit the city to bathe in the Ganges. Ironically, the river that is considered holy is a polluted health hazard. The ghats (or wide steps on river banks) of Ganges are also highly polluted with plastic, myriad offerings, flowers, and even excreta!
Temsutula Imsong Steps In
Temsutula Imsong decided to get the matter into her own hands. Imsong, 34, hails from Nagaland and is the co-founder of Sakaar Sewa Samiti. She pursued a solid waste management course in 2016 and has been actively cleaning up the Varanasi ghats since 2013.
One of the objectives of her NGO Sakaar is to ensure all-round development of rural areas. Keeping this target in mind and affected by the filth she witnessed in Varanasi, Imsong decided to clean up the ghats. Imsong told Live Mint, “We called it Mission Prabhu Ghat, and it took us three days to clean it up. We did a lot of crowdsourcing too, asking locals, be it, students or residents, to join us — and they did.” Isn’t she setting a wonderful example? Share and make her famous!