Mumbai/Kolkata: Afroz Shah, a Mumbai-based lawyer by profession took up a daunting task of cleaning the 2.5 km long Versova beach. Inspired by his work, Bollywood Superstar Amitabh Bachchan too visited Versova and met the beach man.
The two years long journey inspired many and thousands joined the mission. Every week, during weekends, Afroz Shah used to go to Versova Beach and start cleaning it. Gradually, people noticed his work, and then many joined him.
Later, Municipal Corporation also extended its support. Till now his efforts helped remove 5.3 million tonnes garbage from one of the most sought after beaches of India’s financial capital and home of Hindi film industry. Many Bollywood actors also participated in the cause.
Today, on the 97th week of the campaign, Superstar Amitabh Bachchan visited Afroz Shah and took part in the cleaning act. Recognizing his extra-ordinary work, Shah has been awarded Environment Award by the United Nations (UN).
Afroz Shah’s work inspired thousands of Mumbai youth and especially students, who join him on weekends in large numbers. Later celebrities too started joining him. And finally it was millenium star who visited Versova and watched the work of the beach man.
Watch our video to know the beach man’s work.