A community-led cleanliness drive brings river Morna in Maharashtra’s Akola district back to life

In Maharashtra, the river Morna has been receiving a lot of waste materials for several years. But, recently a group of local people decided to clean up the river and save it from dying.

The local people in Akola District were not willing to let the river die, and they started a mass movement to clean up river and rejuvenate it as it was in the past.


The enthusiasm and dedication of the local people of Akola drove appreciation from even the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  He was seen quoting about this incident during the 40th edition of the monthly radio show, "Mann Ki Baat".

The name for the mission that is aimed at cleaning the river Morna is known as "Mission Clean Morna River" and the Prime Minister hailed it as a wonderful initiative of the people who come together to clear and restore the river to its full potential.

The "Mission Clean Morna River" was started back in January 2017 and within a span of six months, the efforts of the people took them to the Golden Books of World Records, which is an international book of records. They got into the record book being the largest public participation for cleaning a river.


Due to the frequent deposit of waste particles by the people, this river was reduced to a mere waste dump. The incessant garbage dumping increased on a daily basis and the river was indeed on the verge of dying.

The people realized the fact and decided to come up with some efforts that could help in saving the river. The flow of the river was also stalled due to the garbage dumping and it was lying intact. But, the efforts of people have started getting results and the flow of the river has been restored.

by Ricky Tandon | Tue, Aug 27 - 10:28 AM

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