Meet the taxi driver who helps keep Bengaluru clean

28th Jan 2016
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Raghu Kumar, also called ‘Raghu Samartha’ by his friends, is a cab driver based in Bengaluru. He lives in the industrial suburb of Peenya and spends his free time trying to keep the city clean. Not just in his individual capacity, Raghu also volunteers with different organisations to keep garbage off the streets.

Image: Facebook (L) Vasanthi Hariprakash; (R) Swacch Bharatha
Image: Facebook (L) Vasanthi Hariprakash; (R) Swacch Bharatha

Raghu cleans his own taxi stand and the street where he lives. His employer Mega Cabs has given him a special letter of appreciation, which he showcases in his cab. Every Tuesday, on his day off, Raghu volunteers for cleaning activities in different parts of the city. His car is squeaky clean too, wrote Vasanthi Hariprakash in a Facebook post.

When The Hindu asked what motivates Raghu, he replied, “I had visited my village in Doddaballapura last year during the rains. I saw a lot of fish that had died because of indiscriminate dumping of garbage. I decided then to support the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and started cleaning the place where I work.” Raghu runs his own Facebook page to spread the word.

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