The effort to clean up Versova beach, a one-and-a-half-mile strip of coastline in western Mumbai facing the Arabian Sea, kicked off.
Versova residents - 33-year-old lawyer Afroz Shah and his then 84-year-old friend and neighbor late Harbanash Mathur - first took it upon himself to start clearing the beach.
number of volunteers that have since joined Shah and Mathur. The Versova Resident Volunteers, as they’ve dubbed themselves, meet every weekend to chip away at the vast piles of plastic and other garbage strewn along the beach.
4 million pounds
of litter removed by volunteers from the shore in the 45 weeks since Shah and Mathur first got started.
10:00 and 14:00
Time slots that volunteers meet every Saturday and Sunday at Versova beach to take part in the clean up drive.