We want to make it with local participation, say coordinators of 'India Clean Sweep'
Scores of volunteers from various service organisations, including women, took up a cleaning drive on the Tirumanjana Cauvery on Amma Mandapam Road in Srirangam on Sunday.
The entire stretch of the Tirumanjana Cauvery, which branches from the Akanda Cauvery, has been polluted with plastic and other solid waste. Open defecation by devotees along the canal is also common during festival seasons.
“Pilgrims and strangers in the area are little aware of the sanctity of the Tirumanjana Cauvery,” says S. Thanveer, coordinator who took up the cleaning operation under ‘India Clean Sweep’ project in joint co-ordination with Chennai Coastal Club and Chennai Trekkers Club.
According to senior citizens, it was from Tirumanjana Cauvery that the holy waters was taken daily for the religious rituals (tirumanjanam) at Srirangam Sri Ranganatharswamy Temple. Hence the name Tirumanjana Cauvery.
Commencing at 9.30 a.m. on Sunday, the volunteers, numbering 250, cleaned the Tirumanjana Cauvery and the operation lasted for about three hours.
“This is the first phase of cleaning work and we want to make it a movement with participation by local residents,” says G.H. Kumar, coordinator of Thanneer Iyakkam which also took part in the programme. He said that the volunteers would resume the work for the next three Sundays.
Interestingly, a large number of young men and women actively participated in the service. “In fact, we need a large number of volunteers. Those interested can contact us,” says R. Ragavan, organiser, Hindu Maha Sabha.