Hyderabad: The concept of plogging has made its way to India, and Hyderabad-based plogger Ripu Daman was praised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during “Mann Ki Baat” for his efforts in cleaning the city. Plogging is a combination of jogging with picking up litter.
Daman said that he aims to see India litter free and thanked PM Modi for his support to the plogging drive.
“Couple of years back, I started a movement ‘Ploggers of India’, where we took up drives of cleaning up the societies. We have organised more than 300 Plogger drives,” Daman told news agency ANI.
“Now, we are on a mission called ‘Run to make India Litter Free’. I am running and cleaning up 1,000 kilometres covering 50 cities in the various parts of the country. Supposedly it is the world’s longest cleaning drive mainly to give out a message that everyone should keep the country litter-free. I am also on Plastic Upvas (Fast), which means I don’t eat anything which is packed in single-use plastic,” he added.
“It is wonderful that Prime Minister Modi has reached out and supported the mission because that is what we want and now more people will take this pledge to keep our country litter-free,” he said.