Mangaluru: The 28th Swachh Mangaluru Abhiyan was carried out by Ramakrishna Mission in Kankanady area on 29 November, 2015 from 7.30 am to 10.30 am. Prof. Mohan Shinge (Coordinator, Dept. of Social Work, Mangalore University) and Prashanth Uparangala (Manager, HDFC Bank and well-wisher of the Ashram) flagged off the 28th drive in the presence of Swami Jitakamanandaji, Adhyaksha of Ramakrishna Math. Dr Sathish Rao, Umanath Kotekar, Vithaldas Prabhu, Satyanarayana K V, Aniruddh Nayak, Dilraj Alva, Sujith Pratap, Vikram Nayak, Rathna Alva and other eminent persons were present.
About 100 volunteers, members of Hindu Warriors WhatsApp group, students of the Dept. of Social Work from Mangalore University, members of Chintana Group of MRPL, devotees and well-wishers of the Ramakrishna Mission, actively participated in the Abhiyan.
The volunteers cleaned the areas surrounding Kankanady Flower Market, Kankanady Circle, the area in front of the Bus stand and Father Mullers’ Hospital. Volunteers, under the guidance of journalist Arif Padubidri, cleaned the Kankanady market area. Using a JCB, heaps of stones, sand and other construction debris were cleared, thus leveling the road.
The flower market in Kankanady building was worn out and had not been painted for years together. The volunteers from Hindu Warriors WhatsApp group cleaned the tiles on the roof off the weeds and moss and painted the tiles on the roof and the building, thus giving it a face lift.
The rusted railings adjoining the Kankanady bus stop were cleaned and painted, giving them a new look. The knee-high grass and weeds on the road dividers and road corners were cleared using grass cutting machines by the volunteers. Compound walls were beautified by removing posters and footpaths were cleared of the mud and dirt that had been accumulated.
Worn out way boards on Kalpana Road in Kankanady were repainted and rewritten, thus benefiting the pedestrians and new comers.
MRPL, the principal patron of the event, sponsored the drive.