‘We are doing our bit to keep the tank clean'
A group of foreign tourists cleaned Koti Tirtha in Gokarna on Sunday.
The tourists, many of who were Russian nationals, had put up posters in the town requesting fellow tourists and the local people to join them. A lukewarm response did not deter them from taking up the job.
However, most of them refused to reveal their identity. When presspersons tried to speak to them, some of them were furious and said that they do not have the time to speak to the media as they were not doing it for publicity. They even warned the photographer not to take photographs.
Ramadas alias Sarkozy, who mooted the idea, said it was disappointing that nobody was interested in clearing the garbage around the tank. “I love India and Gokarna. I come here every year. So I do my bit to keep the tank clean,” he said.
Another tourist from Spain said that he arrived here five days ago and it was his first visit. “I have read Ramayana in Spanish and saw references to Gokarna in it. But when I reached the town, I was upset to see the filth,” he said.
Devotees take a dip in Koti Thirtha before visiting the Lord Mahabaleshwara temple. With Shivaratri festival being celebrated on Monday, more than five lakh people are expected to visit the temple.