Someone was sweeping. Someone was picking up garbage. Someone was burning the waste at a certain place. The scene was spotted in Saiding Bazar area of Barlekha upazila in Moulvibazar district on Friday afternoon. To make their surroundings spotless, a few youths from Kathaltali Dakkhin village voluntarily have cleaned about one kilometer on both sides of Kathaltoli-Terakuri road.
Sayeeb Ahmed Yaser, organiser of the event, said Kathaltoli Bazar is widely known as Saiding Bazar. There was once a big market in Saiding Bazar. There are three educational institutions in the area. There are several grocery stores on both sides of the road.
From the shops, different types of garbage, including polythene, are dumped on both sides of the road, polluting the surrounding area.
"I have taken the initiative to clean it out of social responsibility. Later, I shared the matter with some youths in the area. They responded. As per the plan, 10-12 youths from the area started cleaning up Kathaltoli-Terakuri road," he said.
Shahidul Islam, another organiser of the event, said, "We cleaned one kilometer of the road. We also sprayed disinfectant in the area. We will continue these activities."
Rafiq Uddin, a local grocer, said many people used to clean the shop and throw dirt along with polythene beside the road. Some young people from the area have cleaned up both sides of the road.
"They have also made us aware of this. From now on, we will burn the waste," he said.
Gauch Uddin, a member of the management committee of Kathaltali Government Primary School, said "It now looks very beautiful to see the both sides of the road after removing the waste from the area.
He added that no one has cleaned up like this before. Everyone like them should come forward to protect the environment of the area.
Enam Uddin, chairman of Dakshinbhag Uttar Union Parishad, said the local youths are really doing wonderful job.
Barlekha Upazila Nirbahi Officer Shamim Al Imran said any feat can be achieved if all hands are on the deck and the youths in the area have proved it by cleaning the road.