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World Water Day Special: Saving 365 crore litres of water, that’s his mission

Saturday, 22 March 2014 - 9:00am IST | Place: Pune | Agency: dna

Television comedian Makarand Tilloo along with his team of school students will be repairing 7,000 leaking taps in Pune
  • Water-Saving-Schools-Pune-SNDT-Police Students of SNDT Girls High School and Pune Police Public School During an exhibition held on the eve of World Water Day at Bhujal Sarvekshan on Friday. Snehil Sakhare dna

Pune: A television artist from Pune has taken up the mission to save 365 crore litres of tap water through his campaign of repairing over 7,000 leaking taps across the city. He has roped in students from 17 city schools for the campaign.

On the eve of World Water Day (March 22), stand-up comedian, Makarand Tilloo, along with his team of school students from Ghokalenagar area will kick off his campaign of fixing 102 taps. 

To take his campaign forward, Tilloo has started organising plays in schools to create more awareness among students about importance of saving water. The best exercise for children will be to make them collect water from leaking taps. 

Though there are various ways of saving water, Tilloo expressed discontent that no one is trying to implement it. 

“It takes just two minutes to collect one litre of water from a leaking tap. As per my calculation, we can collect around 3 lakh litres of water in a year from one leaking tap,” he said. 

Praising Tilloo’s initiative, principal of Chandrakant Darode High school, Shailaja Jagtap said, “Involving students in Tilloo’s mission is enlightening them on the importance of saving water. It gives them an opportunity to practice what they were taught till now.” A standard IX student volunteer, Mansi Hambarde, said that she is also inspiring her friends to get involved in their save water mission. 

She added that their team of volunteers has come across over 102 leaking water taps in Ghokalenagar area, which they will be either repairing or replacing.

In the next two months, Tilloo wants to carry his awareness campaigns in 100 city schools and replace over over 500 leaking tapes. 

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