K M Dayashankar
KARIMNAGAR: Volunteers belonging to the National Service Scheme of the Satavahana University have launched a special drive against the plastic and garbage menace at the picturesque Lower Manair Dam reservoir on the outskirts of Karimnagar town on Thursday by participating in shramdhan (voluntary labour) to keep the city clean and tidy.
The NSS volunteered to take up the cleanliness drive at the LMD reservoir where several hundreds of people visit for morning walks and also for relaxations by the tourists to see the picturesque nature’s beauty. The volunteers removed the plastic and also garbage and shrubs and weeds on the shores of the reservoir. Surprisingly, the volunteers had removed more than 1,000 kgs of garbage comprising of plastic and thorny shrubs and weeds from the reservoir.
A total of 400 volunteers from 40 NSS units of various junior, degree, DIET colleges and Satavahana university from the district had participated in the programme. It may be recalled that the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports had given a call to all the educational institutions to take up the Clean India programme from October 1 to 31 to remove plastics, weeds, shrubs and beautification of villages and cleaning of water bodies.
Satavahana University Vice Chancellor S Mallesham, Additional DCP (admn) G Chandramohan, Municipal Commissioner Yadagiri Rao, Lake police station SI Venkat Reddy, NSS coordinator K Srivani and others participated in the programme and motivated the volunteers for their relentless service to the society. They also appreciated the volunteers for actively participating in the social service programmes of keeping the city clean and fighting against plastic, which had become a menace in society.