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Sincere effort: Volunteers clean up the surroundings of the monument in Aliyabad of Bijapur district on Monday.
Sincere effort: Volunteers clean up the surroundings of the monument in Aliyabad of Bijapur district on Monday.

Staff Correspondent

Community programme undertaken to clean up its surroundings; effort goes on from morning till afternoon

Initiative organised by Arya Trust and BLDEA Association

Students term it learning experience, promise to do more

Bijapur: A novel initiative, aimed making students involved and protective towards monuments, has proven to be a success as far as the Aliyabad heritage site is concerned.

On Sunday, about 160 National Cadet Corps (NCC) and National Service Scheme (NSS) volunteers, staff of the BLDEA S.B. Arts and K.C.P. Science College as well as members of the general public toiled from morning till late afternoon to remove unwanted vegetation in and around the site. Now, the site, which was almost submerged under debris and covered by wild plants, wears a fresh look and is clearly visible to visitors.

Sense of fulfilment

Enthusiastic students, both girls and boys, took care not to damage its fragile archaeology while removing the plants. A sense of fulfilment was writ on their faces after they were done with their task.

“The initiative was to encourage students and people to honour our great cultural heritage and to make people responsible for their maintenance,” said H.G. Daddi, honorary president of the Arya Trust, which, along with the Heritage Club of the BLDEA Association, organised the programme.

Priyanka Joshi, a science student, felt that her association with the NSS was a learning experience as she had to clean drains and organise health camps for rural people. “I don’t know why we do not understand that these cultural edifices stand testimony to the glorious heritage of our nation. From today onwards, I will try my best to protect and preserve these invaluable monuments,” she said.

Umashri Kendur, Raghuveer Yaganti, Guruling Jevur, Pavitra Ambalnur and Jyothi Malipatil were among the many students who seconded Priyanka’s views.

A different experience

Mallamma Patil’s experience was a tad different though. The science student was stung by a honeybee when she was trying to pull out a branch of a tree. “I will remember the visit to Aliyabad for long, but not for the honeybee sting. It was on the whole a different experience for me nonetheless. Protecting monuments is something everyone should take conscious interest in. They inspire us and teach us how to live,” she said while trying to suppress the pain she was experiencing.

Major P.D. Needagi, NCC officer, said he would try and organise more such camps around monuments so that many more could be protected and maintained. Lakshman Singh Rajput, Head, Department of Criminology, M.A. Khed Arts and Commerce College, promised to persuade his college management and principal to organise NSS camps at Aliyabad so that more cleaning up work could be undertaken.

During the exercise, students found a stairway to an underground lounge which was submerged in sand and debris.

Principal B.G. Math, Heritage Club secretary Rajendra Bidari and NCC officer Meti participated.

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