Mangaluru, Feb 25, 2019: The 12th of 5th phase ’Shramadan’ effort by Ramakrishna (RK) Mission Swacchata Abhiyan was carried out in the Mannagudda and State Bank area in a twin attack on February 24, Sunday. The Shramadan was jointly flagged off by MCC councillors Jayanthi Achar and Prakash Salian near Central Warehouse. Speaking on the occasion, Prakash Salian said, “ High degree of concern, effort and continuity is the backbone of success of this Abhiyan.
I have been witness to this Abhiyan since it commenced and I reiterate for the fact that the zeal since then has grown hundredfold. Many blackspots in the city have been converted into beautiful spots and deter public from littering there. Mangalore City Corporation (MCC) is also joining hands with the RK and this will go a long way to make Mangalore a model city. I urge all the public to support this initiative." Captain Ganesh Karnik welcomed all the volunteers. Swami Ekagamyanandaji, convener delegated the various activity spots to all the volunteer leaders. Aniruddh Nayak, Mohan Kottary, Pravin Shetty, Uma Prasad Kadekar, Smitha Shenoy and many other volunteer leads attended on the occasion.
Cleanliness Work by 6 teams: Cleanliness work was taken up in Central Warehouse junction and the 4 road leading to it. The students of Nitte Physiotherapy College under the guidance of principal Dr Dhanesh Kumar cleaned the Lokayya Shetty Road and roadsides leading towards Mannagudda. NSS Students of GFGC, Kavoor, under the guidance of lecturers Rekha S N and Mohini cleaned the warehouse roads. Students of St. Aloysius Evening College under the guidance of lecturer Kishore Chandra cleaned the road leading from Mannagudda to Lalbagh. Senior volunteers of the Abhiyan cleaned the drains and footpaths near warehouse circle. Preetham Mugil, Vikhyath and volunteers removed the heaps of sand and stones lying by the roadside by using JCB tippers. The neglected and dilapidated bus shelter was also thoroughly cleaned and painted giving it a facelift. Umanath Kotekar, coordinator coordinated the work.
Shramadan in Service Bus Stand: To complete the cleaning and renovation work started 2 weeks ago, this week too volunteers did shramadan in the service bus stand. Students of SVS College, Bantwala cleaned and painted the pillars in the bus stand and beautified them. Uday K P, Kiran Fernandes guided the volunteers. Till date 100 lts of paint have been used and 40 seats have been fixed, garbage bins and flower pots have been placed in the area to give an aesthetic look. Due to daily awareness drives in the area by volunteers, the black spots that were converted have
continued to remain litter free zones. Sudhir Noronha, Punith Poojari, Jagan Kodikal, Satish and others worked round the clock in the last one week to ensure this.
Swacch Soch – Seminars in 16 colleges: As a part of the ongoing Swacchata Abhiyan, Swacch Soch Seminars were organized in different colleges in and outside Mangalore. About 16 seminars were held in SDM Management College, Kateel Durgaparamshwari College, St. Aloysisus ITI College, Dr M V Shetty College, Mulki Vijaya College, Canara College, SDM Law College, SVS College Bantwala, Women’s College in Balmatta, Vamadapadavu First Grade College, Kavoor First Grade College, St. Aloysius College, and City Nursing College. Till date about 22 seminars have been organised.
Discussions, Orientation, Interactions, Oath Taking, Demonstration of Pot Compost are the special features of these seminars. Prof. Rajamohan Rao, Gopinath Rao, Dr Nivedita, Rajina Dinesh, Prof. Bharathi Bhat, Suresh Shetty were resource persons. Swacch Soch convener Ranjan Bellarpady organised these seminars and Guruprasad Rao and Shreevatsa Neerchalu coordinated the programmes. MRPL and Nitte institutions are sponsoring these drives.
Contact – 9448353162, Swami Ekagamyananda, convener, Ramakrishna Mission Swacchata Abhiyan.