Mangaluru, Aug 14, 2019: A shramadan, the 36th, was jointly flagged off by Swami Satyeshananda, assistant general secretary, Ramakrishna Mutt and Mission, Belur Mutt, and Swami Saukhyananda of Ramakrishna Mission, Shivanahalli, Bengaluru Taluk, in the presence of Swami Jitakamananda, in front of the Sri Krishna Bhavan Auto Stand on Ganapathi High School Road.
Swami Satyeshananda quoted Swami Vivekananda, saying that the land where one is born is God and should be worshipped. “Through the Swacchata Abhiyan, our motherland is being worshipped, which will benefit the individual and the nation. Cleanliness is Godliness. Through this Abhiyan, we also become pure in heart and our welfare is assured,” he stressed.
The pontiffs took brooms and started cleaning the area along with volunteers. Swami Ekagamyananda divided the volunteers into four groups and briefed them about the work. At first, the auto drivers of Sri Krishna Bhavan Auto Stand cleared a black spot prone to littering near the stand. They removed the stones scattered in the parking lot and levelled the ground. Pots with flowering plants were placed there.
Team of volunteers along with Kodange Balakrishna Naik cleaned the garbage lying in a corner of Light House Hill Road. Due to heavy rain, the paintings and art work on the compound walls of the University College and the District Wenlock Hospital were faded and covered with grime. The volunteers cleaned the walls using water and rubbed them using brush. This will continue the next week too.
Due to poor engineering work, the interlock road opposite the University College to the left of GHS Road was damaged. Accidents too had taken place here. Hence, some volunteers of the Abhiyan, taking help from experts, removed the damaged tiles, and levelled the ground and fixed new tiles. This has enabled easy movement of traffic and benefited pedestrians too. The volunteers worked hard 7 am to 2 pm, it continues to motivated cleanliness in the city.