Published: 20th May 2018
These youngsters are making roads safer for Mumbaikars, one sticker at a time
This group is also involved in other social issues as well, like education, malnutrition, helping the people in need - in hospitals, slum Areas, dumping ground, cleaning public toilets, and more
Indian roads are becoming more and more unsafe with time thanks to our ‘sanskari ministers’ who seem to have enough time to try to 'fix' youngsters but don't have enough time to fix our roads.
Poorly-marked speed breakers are terribly designed, and these bumpy contraptions can take credit for rattling your bones and putting your lives at risk.
However, there’s light at the end of every tunnel. There’s a group of youngsters that have taken the responsibility of making the roads in the city of Mumbai safer for its residents.
“There are thousands of commuters travelling day and night, but due to excessive traffic and maintenance of street lights and low quality of colours, which make dividers not visible to the commuters, there are daily occurrences of accidents, both big and small,” says Pankaj Thakkar, the founder of the group called ‘Let’s get the change which we dream for.’
One sticker at a time: Radium stickers put up to make dividers visible
The group began pasting radium stickers on the unmarked speed breakers and dividers in several areas including Borivali and Kandivali of Mumbai to help motorists spot them at night.
Pankaj, who is 21 years old, studies in Thakur Polytechnic, Diploma in Civil Engineering. When asked how he came up with such an initiative for making the roads safer, he said, “I try to solve all the issues which are present, rather than just discussing with others. I am very passionate about society; want to make maximum impact on the society. For me, every issue is an equally important issue irrespective of any caste, age or religion. I handle many projects at a time and see to it that every project gains maximum result. We all work day and night to spread happiness.”
Pankaj's group is also involved in other social issues as well, like education, malnutrition, helping the people in need - in hospitals, slum Areas, dumping grounds, cleaning public toilets, conducting blood donation camps, spreading awareness about sanitary pads, distributing matkas (earthenware) in summer season, conducting dance and music session for underprivileged kids, helping to clear the traffic, organising oral hygiene seminars in slum areas, installing hand wash machines in public toilets, providing snacks to Mumbai Metro workers, teaching and many more small activities.
A great initiative: They help in social issues like education, malnutrition
So far the group has covered approximately 100 plus dividers in Kandivali West, Borivali West, Dahisar IC Colony and Malad East. “The citizens have appreciated our efforts and are very happy because the initiative has made the dividers visible and that makes it easier for them to spot," says Pankaj.
The brainchild of Pankaj, this group believes that if you have the idea or initiative and are ready to put in the required efforts, then you shouldn't wait for the government to take action.
"The government should apply this type of radium on all the dividers, or some other alternative material. They should not leave them open to accidents, the government has not done anything about this in the last 50 years, so I request the youngsters to at least spend one hour in order to secure the safety of thousands of commuters," says Pankaj.