Volunteers clean drains and road in Hampankatta

Volunteers clean drains and road in Hampankatta

The volunteers as a part of 'Ramakrishna Mission Swacchata Abhiyan' carried out cleanliness drive in Hampankatta area on Sunday.

City Police Commissioner T R Suresh, and Swami Dayadhipananda of Ramakrishna Mission Haridwar jointly flagged off the drive.

T R Suresh, speaking on the occasion, lauded the efforts of Ramakrishna Mission in creating awareness among young minds about cleanliness. He also highlighted the importance of the Mission's initiative in 'Swacch Manas', training young minds and 'Swacch Gram', awareness programme in villages.

Swami Dayadhipananda regretted that the nation that believed in the dictum of "Cleanliness is next to Godliness" had to start an 'Abhiyan' like this, as it has forgotten the importance of hygiene.

The volunteers removed illegally pasted posters from the compound walls of Taluk Panchayat office to the government office buildings in A B Shetty Circle and cleaned the walls. These walls were also painted, giving them a facelift. They also cleaned the roads, along with the dividers from the Clock Tower to RTO.

Sudiksha and Kiran Poojary actively participated with their one-year-old daughter 'Naksha'.

The road leading from the Town hall to Mangaluru central railway station was also cleaned. Volunteers removed the construction debris and glass pieces from the corner of the road. All the grass and weeds that covered the drains were removed. The footpath frequently used by the pedestrians was damaged posing danger, which was repaired with the help of expert masons and steps have been erected in its place.

Banners and wall posters in Pandeshwara, near Hampankatta were also cleaned. Nearly 250 students of Ganapathi High School and P U College cleaned the area near central railway station under the guidance of Ramakrishna Mission.

Masahiro Monoyi from Japan and Mohammad Shameem volunteered in the 'Abhiyan'. About 90 youths from 17 institutions participated in 'Prerana', the residential youth camp, at Ramakrishna Mutt.

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