Mata Amritanandamayi Math is to extend its popular cleaning project, ‘Amala Bharathom’, to Sabarimala as a part of the much sought-after massive sanitation programme of the State government at the pilgrim centre.

In a statement issued here on Friday, Vice-chairman of Mata Amritanandamayi Math, Swami Amritaswarupananda, said the Math would be an active participant in the intensive cleaning operation planned by the State Government at Sabarimala.

Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy will formally launch the cleaning programme at an official function to be held at Pampa in the foothills of Sabarimala on Monday.

He said the Math would deploy as many as 4000 sanitation volunteers, including 1000 inmates of the Mata Amrtitanandamayi Ashram and students at various educational institutions attached to the Amrita

Vishwa Vidyapeetham, for the cleaning drive at Pampa and Sabarimala.

Swami Amritaswaroopananda Puri said Mata Amritanandamayi Math would also organise awareness classes to the participating volunteers on the mode of waste collection and disposal at Sabarimala in future.

Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, would also open two healthcare units at Pampa and Sannidhanam, with ambulance facility, in the service of the volunteers engaged in the cleaning drive.

Women inmates at the Ashram and girl students at various educational institutions of the Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham will take part in the cleaning operation at Pampa.

District Collector, P.Venugopal, said the Akhila Bharatha Ayyappa Seva Sanghom, Satya Sai Seva Samiti, National Service Scheme and the Vana Samrakshana Samitis attached to Forest department too would be deploying their sanitation volunteers for the proposed cleaning programme.

Mr. Venugopal said that each team would be allotted specified areas for cleaning. Sabarimala and Pampa would be divided into different segments for the smooth and effective conduct of the cleaning programme, he added.

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