Kadri area in the city wore a clean look as students, doctors and other volunteers participated in the 18th shramadan as part of the last phase of five-year Swacch Mangaluru Abhiyan taken up by Ramakrishna Mission.

Students of Tejaswini Nursing and Physiotherapy College under the guidance of Dr. Shanathram Shetty, Pro-Chancellor, Nitte Deemed to be University, cleaned the area from Kadri entrance towards City Hospital. Doctors of Mangaluru chapter of Indian Medical Association cleaned the area from Kadri Circle to Shivabagh.

Students of City Hospital Physiotherapy College cleaned the road leading towards Kadri Temple. Volunteers of Swacch Mangaluru cleaned the surroundings of Kadri Circle. The direction boards of “Kadri Temple Road” and “Lobo Lane” were cleaned and repainted. Handbills to create awareness on cleaning were distributed to nearby shops.

A bus shelter near Kadri Mallikatta was in dilapidated condition. It had become a den of illegal activities.

The volunteers led by artist Vikram Shetty and other artists of Aditattwa Arts cleaned the shelter and painted it with beautiful drawings.

A park in front of the library was strewn with bottles, plastic and dirt which was thoroughly cleaned by the volunteers. Heaps of garbage and debris near Kadri Temple entrance were removed. The garbage lying in front of Sri Krishna Kalyana Mantapa was also cleaned and pots with flower plants were placed to beautify the spot.

On the occasion of World Health Day, several doctors of Indian Medical Association actively participated in the shramadan.

Roads and dividers between Kadri Circle and Shivabagh Circle were cleaned by them. President of Mangaluru chapter of the IMA Sacchidananda Rai led the team of doctors.

Swami Prakashanandaji, president of Ramakrishna Vivekananda Ashram at Ranebennur, who participated in the shramdan, said that the abhiyan has become a model movement. Cleanliness is a virtue not only to be inculcated but also to be insisted upon others to follow, he said.

Shantharam Shetty, a doctor, said: “This abhiyan has touched the hearts of all people. By touching their minds, a sense of identity and responsibility is being sown in the public minds by awakening them.”

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