Mangaluru, May 28, 2018: Shramadan spear headed by city’s Ramakrishna Mission’s Swachata Abhiyan week 33 was organized in the surroundings of Kadri Park. It was jointly flagged off May 27, morning by Dr Srikumar Menon, Registrar of Yenepoya University and Dr Subrahmanya Shetty in the presence of Swami Jitakamanandaji, Adhyaksha, Ramakrishna Math, Mangaluru. Sri Ramesh Rao, Masa Hiro, Nagesh K, Purushottam Pujari, NRI Vibha Prabhu, Aniruddh Nayak and many others were present on the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Srikumar Menon said, “We appreciate the efforts of Ramakrishna Mission in converting Swacchata Abhiyan into a mass movement. Along with cleanliness drives, the Mission’s efforts to create awareness among the youths and students through various programmes is laudable. Now UGC has also directed the colleges to actively involve students in the cleanliness drives. This will help stop people from littering and spitting anywhere and everywhere. This will go a long way in converting Mangaluru into greener and cleaner city.” Dr Subrahmanya Shetty said, “New India can rise only if cleanliness, discipline and such virtues which are easily seen in foreign countries are imbibed by every Indian. Every Indian who sticks to such rules while abroad should follow them even in India our home and only then we can realize the dream of cleaner and better India.”
Cleanliness Drive: Volunteers were divided into 5 groups and tasks were allotted to each group. Drive started in front of Kadri Park. A team of volunteers cleaned the toy train track, walking track and radio Pavilion inside the park. Mehboob Khan group of volunteers cleaned the area and road leading from Kadri Park to Padua. Dr Dhanesh Kumar volunteers cleaned the footpaths in front of Kadri Park. Using a JCB, blocks of stones hindering passage on the footpaths were removed and the area was levelled. Shubhoday Alva guided the volunteers.
Removal of banners: There is a big rise in the illegal banners and flex hoardings. They are ruining the beauty of the city and are posing problem to vehicular traffic too. two teams of Volunteers of Swacch Mangaluru removed such illegal banners from Kankanadi, Jyothi, Bejai, Agnes, Bendoorwell, Pumpwell, Nanthur, Balmatta and other areas in thousands.
Cleanliness of Bus Shelter: In the past volunteers of the Abhiyan had renovated the bus stand in front of Kadri Police Station daily used by passengers. The shelter was today cleaned by the volunteers along with the surrounding spots. Sri Ganesh Prasad Shetty, Krishnaprasad Shetty, Chethana Gadiyar and volunteers actively participated in this.
Awareness Campaign: Students of Maps College along with ex-corporator Suresh Shetty carried out awareness campaign by distributing awareness handbills to public in Kadri Park and stressed on the importance of cleanliness and urged the local shop keepers not to litter in the area.
Srilatha Ullal, Udaya K P, P N Bhat, Sandip Kodikal, Soraj Mangalore, Preetham Mugil, Jagan kodikal, Vikhyath Savitha Marnad, Koushik Bekal, Mohammad Arif and other volunteers participated in the Abhiyan.
For information and participation, Contact – Swami Ekagamyanandaji, Convener, Ramakrishna Mission Swacchata Abhiyan at
9448353162 for more details.