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MC Chandigarh opens eighth ‘Rupee Store’ at Daddumajra, empowering communities

The Fact News Service
Chandigarh, June 7

Aiming to provide affordable items to those in need while promoting the concept of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle (RRR), the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) has opened its eighth ‘One Rupee Store’ at the Community Centre, Daddumajra colony. This new store inauguration celebrates the successful completion of one year of the permanent RRR Centre in Sector 17 and the Rupee Store initiative, which together promote sustainability and inclusivity under the ‘Swachhata Ki Mohar’ program.

City Mayor Kuldeep Kumar in the presence of Commissioner Anindita Mitra, IAS, inaugurated the new store in the presence of area councilors, senior MCC officials, and prominent members of the ward.

Speaking on the occasion, City Mayor Kuldeep Kumar said that the MCC’s permanent RRR Center in Sector 17 has received an overwhelming response from citizens over the past year, enabling the establishment of this new Rupee Store. The aim of the Rupee Store is to provide affordable access to a variety of items, such as books, electronics, clothing, crockery, kitchenware, toys, and bed sheets, all priced at just Rs. 1 per item, while promoting the RRR concept.

He further shared that the Sector 17 RRR Center collected a total of 54,398 donated items from June 2023 to May 2024, including 43,739 clothes, 6,277 books, 1,782 footwear, and 2,600 other items like crockery, toys, electronics, bags, home décor, and furniture. After cleaning, repairing, and refurbishing these donated items, the MCC is committed to organizing more such one-rupee stores in different areas and wards of the city.

Municipal Commissioner Anindita Mitra, IAS expressed gratitude to the citizens of the Tricity for their overwhelming response and support. She noted that this is the eighth successful one-rupee store, and the MCC is committed to establishing more such stores throughout the city to serve the community. The establishment of this store is a testament to the MCC’s efforts towards creating sustainable and inclusive practices that benefit citizens from all walks of life.

Since 2023, the MCC has embarked on a journey to promote sustainable behavior and practices among its citizens. As part of this initiative, seven one-rupee stores have already been successfully organized in Dhanas, Manimajra, Maloya, Sunder Nagar, Ramdarbar, a special store for Safaimitras, and Sector-56. These stores have collectively sold approximately more than 15,000 items.

The Commissioner emphasized that this initiative aims to protect and preserve the environment, instilling a pro-planet behavioral change through individual action in daily life. The MCC is reaffirming its dedication to sustainability and working towards a future where emphasis is placed on resourceful utilization, mindful consumption, and waste reduction. By embracing the principles of RRR, the Corporation is on a mission to create a Garbage Free City that is more resilient, equitable, and sustainable for generations to come.

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