Mangaluru, Jan 21, 2019: The 7 th Shramadan of 5th phase of Ramakrishna (RK) Mission Swacchata Abhiyan was carried out in the surroundings of Mangalore Central Railway Station on January 20, Sunday.
The Shramadan was flagged off by Dr Shivashankar Murthy, Senior Railway Health Officer and Dr Ananth Prabhu, Advisor to Vikas P U College. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Ananth Prabhu said, “Unless the public mind is cleaned this nation cannot be cleaned. This Abhiyan will be meaningful only if citizens act responsibly. Hence we congratulate and thank RK Mission for carrying on Swacch Manas awareness programme along with such Abhiyans.”
Dr Shivashankar Murthy said, “If Cleanliness is considered as a virtue then only the dream of Swacch Bharath can be realised. Cleanliness and good health are inter-related. If we are to be healthy we have to keep our surroundings clean. Such Abhiyans are a great motivating factors to keep our surroundings clean”.
Ramkumar, Railway Station Manager, Police officer ASI Binoya, Deputy Station Master Kishan, and other staff of the railway department were present. Swami Ekagamyanandaji welcomed the guests. Shramadan by 6 teams: About 300 volunteers were divided into 6 teams and shramadan was carried out in the outer precincts of Railway station and the adjoining roads. All the youths participating in the Prerana – Residential Youth Camp being held at Ramakrishna Math for the last 2 days also participated in the Abhiyan. First team led by Rajgopal Shetty and Subhoday Alva cleaned both sides of the road from Railway Station towards Town Hall. Second team under Yogish Kayarthadka and Sudhir Vamanjoor cleaned the area from station towards Attavara. They removed heaps of debris and garbage lying on the footpaths. Third team was led by Subraya Nayak cleaned the area towards Milagres Circle. Fourth team led by Kamalaksha Pai cleaned the premises of office of Regional Railway Manager by removing weeds and over grown grass. Smt Yashoda Rai, Smitha Shenoy and other women volunteers in the fifth team cleaned the lower parking area in front of the station. Sixth team members cleaned the upper parking lot in front of the station along with Mohammad Shameem, Himmat Singh and many others.
Special Work: A spot on the roadside towards Attavara from Railway Station was dumping place for garbage for years together. It was also turned into urinals by the public. Passers-by were always found to cover their nose and the stinking smell in the area was unbearable. Swacch Mangaluru volunteers Chethana, Dinesh, Suma Kodikal and others thoroughly cleaned the area and disinfectant powder was sprinkled on the spot. A similar spot on the roadside towards Town hall from Railway Station was also cleaned and the shop vendors were urged to keep the area clean. Volunteers Shraddha S K, Kanchana, Prof. Ramnath, Nisha, Kiran Fernandes and others participated.
Cleanliness on Airport Road: NSS students of KPT under the guidance of Ramakrishna Mission carried out Shramadan on Airport road. KPT circle, Bus shelter and the road and footpaths leading towards Airport were cleaned by the volunteers. Sri Sooraj, lecturer guided the volunteers along
with Gowtham, Mahagunda and others. Swacch Gram Abhiyan: In association with Dakshina Kannada and Udupi Zilla Panchayats, Ramakrishna Misison is carried on Swacch Gram Abhiyan in several villages. Today, Abhiyans were carried out in Balila, Hebri, Shirva, Amasebail, Jokatte, Padumurnadu, Kutrappady, Madamakki, Barkur, Padupanambur and in more than 30 villages. MRPL is sponsoring these drives.
Contact – 9448353162 - Swami Ekagamyananda, convener, Ramakrishna Mission Swacchata Abhiyan.