BANGALORE: The Swachh Bharat Abhiyan saw Bangalore too take up the broom on Thursday. Here is a broom with a view.
MPs too Join
MPs P C Mohan (Bangalore Central) and Rajeev Chandrashekhar (Bangalore Urban) wielded the broom at the Cantonment Railway Station. “I intend to see that the idea of cleanliness is carried further,” said Mohan.
Wheels of Change
KSRTC took up the cleaning drive at its offices and stations. KSRTC Managing Director Rajender Kumar Kataria visited the Kempegowda and Peenya bus stations and directed the staff to clean the premises.
Employees of the Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited in the city organised a walkathon near its premises, along with employees of the Rajajinagar Industrial Estate post office. The office premises and surrounding areas were then cleaned.
As part of Adopt-a-Mile Bengaluru, a citizens’ initiative launched in August this year, volunteers from over 27 corporate organisations came forward to collectively improve the civic aspects of the city and the roads. As part of the initiative, MG Road was adopted as a model mile. The volunteers, divided into three groups, repaired the pavements, relaid cobblestones, picked up garbage, painted the walls, scrubbed the kerbstones and placed trash cans, in and around MG Road, extending their efforts to Richmond Road.
The students and staff of PES Institute of Technology (PESIT) organised a cleaning drive at the college premises. The students started from the main gate and covered a distance of around 1km. Vice-chancellor of PES University KNB Murthy said he was overwhelmed by the students’ response, even on a public holiday.
Bank Chips in
In Gandhi Bazaar, employees including the chairman and directors of the various divisions and customers of National Cooperative Bank took part in the drive. Nagesh Shastri, CEO of the bank, said, “If we as individuals dedicate at least two hours a week to ensure our house and office surroundings are clean, we can bring about a great change.”
Postal Dept’s Drive
Around 70 employees of the Department of Posts participated in a programme organised at its premises at Museum Road. Chief Postmaster General of Karnataka M S Ramanujan asked the employees to maintain cleanliness in their surroundings.
Children do Their Bit Too
At 8 am, residents of Raheja Residency in Koramangala 3rd Block launched an awareness campaign on the dangers of plastic, with over 40 children from the colony actively participating in the movement. An excited , Manasi, a class 6 student of National Public School, said, “We created different kinds of posters dwelling on the ill-effects of plastic use. Then we marched around the complex, holding posters for everyone to see. We even staged a street play on the subject.”