Cleanliness drive on banks of River Cauvery

Students, volunteers take out 'Harsiru Jatha'

Students of the Government ITI in the town launched a cleanliness drive on the banks of the River Cauvery, here, on Thursday, as part of the ‘Hasiru Jatha’ organised by Parisara Rural Development Society and Karnataka State Pollution Control Board.

The students, accompanied by volunteers, picked up polythene covers, plastic bottles and other non-biodegradable waste materials from the banks of the river and disposed them. The drive was carried out near Wellesley Bridge and Sopanakatte.

Earlier, Assistant Commissioner H L Nagaraju launched the jatha and the students took out an awareness march from Kuvempu Circle to the Mini Vidhana Soudha.

Green revolution
Speaking on the occasion, Nagaraju said, preserving the green cover and maintaining cleanliness are vital for a civilisation. “Development of a nation cannot be measured with just the GDP and per capita income. It has to be overall development. Following the declaration of the green revolution in 1966, we have a stock of 239 million tones of foodgrains. While green revolution helped us achieve self-suffiency in the food sector, it has caused harm to the environment. Public places are stinking due to the callous attitude of the people,” he said.

Parisara president Mangala Yogesh, Environment Officer Shakuntalabai and others were present.

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