Let’s clean our city of abandoned cars

Ahmedabad Mirror | 1 week ago | 06-08-2022 | 06:00 am

Let’s clean our city of abandoned cars

Cars abandoned at various places are a common sight across Ahmedabad. These Khataara vehicles not only deface your city, but are breeding grounds for mosquitoes and a security and health threat as well.Students of Udgam Group of Schools have so far documented 182 such abandoned cars in the city as part of their summer vacation activity.The students and the school management on Thursday met and requested Municipal Commissioner Lochan Sehra to remove such unused and abandoned cars and also shared their pictures and locations.Manan Choksi, executive director, Udgam Group of Schools, said the initiative was part of the school management’s commitment to the city.“The campaign - Spot Abandoned Cars - was launched to raise awareness about deserted vehicles in Ahmedabad. We asked our students to spot such vehicles as part of the campaign. This academic exercise during summer break resulted in students searching residential/ commercial complexes in their areas and those that they travel to. They discovered 182 such abandoned cars,” he said.Choksi said the exercise was to sensitise students about their responsibility towards the city and make it clean and hygienic.“These cars occupy parking space as unattended cars are often left at government offices for years. Moreover, these cars can be a mosquito breeding site, used to store illegal things and are an ideal spot for petty crimes,” he said.“Hence we decided to submit our findings to the AMC, so that action can be taken in the matter,” he said.Students of Udgam School, Zebar School, Kenalily School in Bodakdev and Satellite School for Children participated in the project.Het Shah, a class 8 student with Zebar School for Children said he spotted the maximum number of unattended vehicles in the Vasna area on the way to his classes. “It is time these vehicles are removed as they are old and abandoned. Vehicles older than 15 years are scrapped so it should not be a problem to get rid of these vehicles,” he said.Jaival Hora, a class 10 student of Udgam School for Children said it was an enlightening experience. “At times we spotted an abandoned car which had been lying around for years but came to our notice only after we started looking for it. The city will benefit if the abandoned cars are removed.”Another student who participated in the survey said that it turned out to be a learning experience.

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