Mangaluru: The 29th Swachh Mangaluru Abhiyan was carried out by Ramakrishna Mission in Nagori area on 6 December, 2015 from 7:30 am to 10:30 am. Corporator Praveen Chandra Alva and the president of Garodi Billava Sangha, Mahabala, flagged off the 29th drive in the presence of Swami Jitakamanandaji, Adhyaksha of Ramakrishna Math, Mangaluru and MLC Capt. Ganesh Karnik.
A group of Art of Living under Sadashiv Kamath, a group of devotees of Garodi Temple under Kishore Kumar, students from Govt. First Grade College under Prof. Mahesh K B and Sheshappa Amin, volunteers from Patanjalai Yoga Shikshana Samiti, and volunteers from Nivedita Balaga under Rathna Alva and Sheela Shetty actively participated in the Abhiyan.
Asha D’Silva, Bhaskar Chnadra Shetty, Balakrishna Nayak, K V Sathyanarayana, Suresh Shetty, Harish Achar and several other eminent personalities also took part.
Volunteers cleaned the heaps of garbage lying around Nagori Bus stand for years together. Weeds and grass on the nearby roads and footpaths were removed using grass cutting machines. An open drainage line which was a nuisance and posed danger to pedestrians was closed using stone slabs.
Abhiyan volunteers also cleaned two bus shelters, removed the posters stuck on the walls and painted the bus shelters, thus giving them a much needed face lift.
The path leading to Sai Mandir at Nagori was occupied by stone slabs and construction debris and was obstructing the way, posing major hurdle to devotees and pedestrians frequenting Sai Mandir. Volunteers removed the slabs and debris using a JCB excavator and cleared the path.
Three direction boards including the main board mentioning the location of “Nagori” had faded away and were no longer serving their purpose. They were cleaned and repainted.
Volunteers also distributed handbills on Swachh Mangaluru Abhiyan to generate awareness among the localites in the area.
MRPL, the principal patron of the event, sponsored the drive.