On the 80th anniversary of the ‘Quit India Movement,’ a monument of Mahatma Gandhi built from recycled rubbish was presented as a symbol of ‘Swachh Bharat’ (clean India) in Uttar Pradesh’s Noida. The ‘Marching Gandhi’ monument, located in Noida’s Sector 137, is entirely comprised of plastic garbage.
In order to realize Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s objective of a self-sufficient and clean India, the Noida Authority, in conjunction with a private enterprise, created the statue to remind common people about minimizing their usage of plastic in Noida. Mahesh Sharma, MP of Gautam Budh Nagar, MLA Pankaj Singh, MLA Tejpal Singh Nagar, and Noida Authority CEO Ritu Maheshwari launched the 20 feet high, 6 feet long, 6 feet wide statue weighing 1,150 kg structure.
Following the total ban on single-use plastic on July 1, efforts are being undertaken to raise awareness of the environmental harm caused by plastic and achieve 100 percent compliance in controlling its usage. As a result, the fabrication of this statue from junk is similar to a public awareness campaign. Concurrently, the operation “Plastic Exchange Mobile Van” has begun. So far, 170 individuals have exchanged 816 kg of plastic bottles and 52 kg of polythene for cloth bags, wooden stock rates, and steel bottles as part of this programme.