Mangaluru, Mar 28, 2017: At Kadri Manjunatha Temple was launched the cleaning drive for 490 temples governed by the Muzrai Department in Dakshina Kannada, on March 26 Sunday. The drive at the Kadri temple started with MLA J.R. Lobo, of Mangaluru South, former Mayor Harinath and other public representatives symbolically sweeping the temple courtyard. Students from Sharada Vidyalaya cleaned the area around the temple pond.
Pramila, Assistant Commissioner, Muzrai Department, said the drive was organised to make people aware of the need to keep temples clean. A similar activity was conducted in in other areas earlier this month. The cleaning was done in Mangaladevi temple, Kukke Subrahmanya temple, Soutadka Mahaganapati temples.
Asst Commisioner Pramila said that since August 2015, activities under the Swachh Mandira initiative, that includes barring the use of plastic carry bags, segregation of dry and wet waste and cleaning temple ponds, are being organised in temples in the district. Action was being taken to install bio-gas plants at some temples and use the plants for cooking, she said. DK DC K.G. Jagadeesha, said the use of plastic bags in temples was minimal. He asked social organisations to come forward and involve themselves in keeping temple areas clean.