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Noida Extension residents take stains off 15 statues in city

May 13, 2019

GREATER NOIDA: A group of 30 residents of Noida Extension cleaned around 15 statues installed by the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) with the help of water tankers, hosepipes and rags on Sunday.

The group of residents said the statues had become an “eyesore” as they had been covered in dust for several months. The group began cleaning the statues at 6am on Sunday and worked till the afternoon.

“We’ve already completed cleaning an entire stretch of road in four weeks. Now, we’ve started cleaning the statues because they serve as landmarks for our addresses and are never cleaned. We decided to take up the responsibility and cleaned 15 of them today,” Abhishek Kumar, president of Noida Extension Flat Owners’ Welfare Association (Nefowa), said.

Statues that have been cleaned include the Char Murti — the four statues of the Buddha at Kishan Chowk — and various animal figurines at several traffic intersections in the area.

The residents mounted the statues and dusted them before washing them down with hosepipes. “We are proud to have contributed to cleaning the statues today. Mostly made of bronze, they have a lot of visual appeal, but remain shrouded in thick layers of dust. We will visit the statues again after some time. We have volunteered to clean up Noida Extension on our own because we live here and we don’t get efficient responses from the authorities on our complaints,” Kumar said.

Meanwhile, GNIDA officials said they have started repairing roads in the area. “It is good that residents are coming forward to clean their city. However, we have started working on the road repairs and other complaints they have brought to us,” an official said.

Residents of Noida Extension residents have, since April, come together to clean one of the area’s major arterial roads in Sector 16B. Over four weeks, they cleaned the road of almost 10 trucks of mud and construction waste which had been left on the road. The waste had encroached on a large space of the road, making it difficult for people to walk or drive on it.


Source : The Times of India