The boy who cleans Wular to earn a living rewarded



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Bilal Ahmad Dar, 18, who collects trash from Wular Lake to clean the lake and make a living, has been rewarded by for his “extra-ordinary” services.

Bilal has been offered a job by Srinagar Municipal Corporation besides being rewarded with a cash of Rs 10,000 at a function held at a private hotel in Srinagar.

RDD has sanctioned Rs 1.5 Lac for Bilal to construct a house.

Bilal, aka Billa, lives in Bandipore district with his 60 year old mother and 14 year old sister. Bilal collects 12,240 kgs of trash annually. He lost his father to cancer in 2003.

Last year Bilal’s story became public after a film maker Jalal ud din Baba made a film, ‘Saving the saviour’ on Wular Lake with Bilal as its main character. It fetched Baba first position at 6th National Science Film Festival (NSFF) in Mumbai.


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