Beaches are a little littered with filth, generally, public place issue you know. But Mumbai’s Versova beach outcrosses the filthiest of beaches as it is carpeted with layers of dirt and filth. But, that has become a history.

The utterly trashy messy view of Versova beach would definitely not be anyone’s choice to hangout, unless you are a germ because in that case, it may have turned out to be a paradise for you. So to cut it short, the filthy beach bothered Mumbaiites so much (finally) that they decided to clean up the beach and make it pristine like never before. Even the UN environment chief Erik Solheim said he had “never seen such a horrendous sight”.

A seemingly Herculean task, made possible. (Photo courtesy: Facebook/ Cleanupversovarockbeach)

Cranes were used for picking up the trash and taking it to a disposal ground. (Photo courtesy: Facebook/ Cleanupversovarockbeach)

That was then, this is now, after 85 weeks of massive clean-up, 5.3 million kilograms of trash was removed and as many as 150 people participated in the world’s largest beach clean-up! A volunteer group called Versova residents volunteers (VRV) lead by lawer Afroz Shah played a major role in cleaning up the messiest beach of Mumbai. This millions of kilos of trash were spread in just 2.7 kilometre stretch of Versova Rock beach so you can imagine the amount of dirt! Seriously horrible.

Unrecognisable at the first glance, the beach now looks much cleaner than before. Not just locals, but many actors and even a plastic association had contributed to this mammoth cleanathon. Six months from now, the beach looks super clean and pristine and this is such a massive transformation! Thanks to Alfroz Shah who organises volunteer camps to clean the beach in his free and off-duty times. And he is not stopping with this, Shah plans to continue his battle against filth and is looking forward to do the same with other beaches too.

This is the world’s largest beach cleaning campaign and now the United Nations officially wants to join the citizen’s programme on World Environment Day. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) had awarded Shah the UN’s top environmental accolade Champions of the Earth award at Cancun, Mexico, making him the first Indian to achieve such a feat. So basically it seemed to be like a Herculine task. By the way, Erik Solheim, sir, what are your thoughts about the most horrendous sight ever, now?