Mangaluru, Mar 18 2019: Ramakrishna(RK) Mission Swacchata Abhiyan’s 15 th Shramadan of 5 th phase was held at Valencia Gorigudda area March 17. The Shramadan was jointly seen off near Valencia church by Rev James D’Souza and Sri Anil Lobo, President of MCC Bank.
Speaking on the occasion Rev James D’Souza said, “The nature around us is a supreme gift from God to us, as such it is our sacred duty to protect and account for it at all cost. As of now we are responsible for neglecting beautiful nature and facing grave consequences. We should immediately stop this crime and promote such activities as this Abhiyan, to allow us to pass on nature to our future generations. I congratulate Ramakrishna Mission for its sustained initiatives in this regard and urge everyone to join their hands in making it successful and understood.”
Then a short speech by Anil Lobo followed, he expressed that cleanliness should become a part of our daily routines. As we clean our body daily with due care, so should we keep our surroundings clean. The feeling that this house, city, environment belongs to me will greatly help in the success of this Abhiyan.” Rev Arun Lobo, Rev Joswin Pravin, Kudroli Ganesh, Patrick D’Souza, Manohar Shetty, Lizy Pinto, Radhakrishna Padil, Prof. Francis Crasta and others were present on this occasion.
Shramadan: Members of ’Team Swacch Yekkur’ cleaned the area in front of Gorigudda crematorium. Heaps of sand and stones were removed using JCB tipper. Drains overflowing with garbage were cleared, thoroughly cleaned. Placeing pots with flower plants the entire spot has been given a nice facelift. Students of Nitte Physiotherapy College under the leadership of Dr Dhanesh Kumar cleaned the road adjoining Valencia church and the footpaths. Sandip Kodikal and others removed the heaps of garbage lying beside Valencia circle. The spot was levelled and pots of flower plants were kept to dissuade public from littering. The stone slabs on the road obstructing the passers-by and vehicular movement on 4 th cross road in Gorigudda were cleared. Senior volunteers cleaned the Gorigudda road. Dilraj Alva guided the volunteers.
Door to Door visit: Volunteers visited several houses door to door in Sooterpet, Gorigudda and Valencia area reaching out to about 300 households urging them to keep their area clean. Aniruddh Nayak, Suresh Shetty and others guided the volunteers. Each household was urged to manage their waste and help in the Abhiyan by keeping their areas free from littering.
Renovation of sign boards : Several direction boards in Mangalore have faded letters and are not serving the purpose. Under the Swacchata Abhiyan initiative such boards are being repainted with beautiful fonts helping the public. The boards in Valencia right 2 nd cross, Gorigudda right 2 nd Cross, Gorigudda right 4 th cross were repainted.
The work of fixing new seats in service bus stand at State Bank which was started a few weeks ago was resumed this week too. A few seats were fixed and painted thus benefitting the passengers waiting for buses. Uday K P, LokeshKottara and many other volunteers joined in this.
Swacch Soch Seminars: Seven Swacch Soch seminars were organised in the last week in several colleges. Seminars were organised at SDM Inst. Of Technology, Ujire, Nitte Physiotherapy College at Deralakatte, University evening College at Hampankatta, SDM IIT college at Venur, Govt. First Grade College at Punjalkatte, Carmel Degree College at Bantwala, Govt. B Ed College, Mangalore. Shreelatha U A, Prof. Sheshappa Amin, Nivedita Kamath, Saritha Shetty, Captian Gopinath Rao were resource persons. Ranjan Bellarpady guided the team. Till date, 48 Swacch Soch Seminars have been organised. MRPL and Nitte institutions are sponsoring these drives.
Contact – 9448353162 (Swami Ekagamyananda, convener, Ramakrishna Mission Swacchata Abhiyan)