Mangaluru: 36th Swacch Mangaluru Abhiyan was carried out by Ramakrishna Mission at the Navabharath Circle in Kodialbail area on 24 January 2016 from 7:30 am to 10:30 am. N Yogish Bhat, Former MLA, Mangaluru and Corporator Premananda Shetty flagged off the 36th drive in the presence of Swami Jitakamanandaji, President, Ramakrsihna Math, Mangaluru and Captain Ganesh Karnik, MLC.
Prof. Mahesh K B, volunteers from Nivedita Balaga, Students of Govt. First Grade College, Car Street, Students from St Aloysius College under Alwyn Dais, Lecturer, Members of Art of Living under Sadashiva Kamath, Members of Rotary Club of Highland under Ranjan, Satish Bhat, Prof. Sheshappa Amin, K V Sathyanarayana, Sujith Pratap, Capt. Brijesh, Vittaldas Prabhu, Dr Satish Rao, Ramkumar Bekal, Suresh Shetty, Dilraj Alva and several other eminent persons were present. About 150 volunteers participated in the Abhiyan.
Volunteers were first divided into four groups. The team under Captain Brijesh cleaned the interiors of Navabharath Circle, The team of students from Aloysius College cleaned the road leading from Passport office to Bishop House, Members of Art of Living cleaned the road leading to Dongarkeri, and the fourth team cleaned the surroundings of the Navabharath Circle.
Due to poor maintenance, Navabharath Circle had lost its beauty and was only being used to paste posters, banners and advertisements. Hence the team under Yogish Bhat rooted out all the weeds and cleaned the periphery of the circle. All the posters were removed from the grills and railings of the circle and the railings were painted anew after washing.
The road leading from Navabharath Circle to Dongarkeri was full of piled up garbage and waste. Volunteers were shocked to see that even after clearing heaps after heaps they still could not exhaust. Hence with the help of JCB and tipper, the dirt, broken glass and garbage was removed and cleared.
The drainage in the area were used for throwing garbage by the local public. The one in front of Hotel Ocean Pearl was an example for this. The volunteers from Rotary Highland under the leadership of Ranjan cleaned the garbage and helped for the easy movement of drain water.
Volunteers also distributed handbills on Swacch Mangaluru Abhiyan to generate awareness among the locals in the area.
MRPL, Principal Patron of the event sponsored the drive.