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A hill side story

A people’s movementEverybody is invited toClean Coonoor  

Samantha Iyanna, Dr. Iniyan Gautaman, Dr. Bhavana Iniyan, T.A. Jabarathnam, Dr. George Jose, Charles Nathan...are some residents of Coonoor who gather every Friday afternoon and immediately get to work. They are on a Clean Coonoor campaign and currently they are sprucing up a roadside park at Reilley Compound near Uzhavar Santhai and giving it back to the public to enjoy the outdoors. They are doing it in tandem with the Municipal officials and HADP. 

“We started 10 months ago after Diwali and we are having a lovely time,” says Samantha Iyanna, one of the earliest members of the group.  Things such as this are happening in Ooty, but somehow Coonoor has not had the same attention, she says. “We looked around and found overflowing garbage bins, ill kept bus stops not being used and a lack of public spaces, and decided we had to do something.

The Clean Coonoor drive has focussed its attention on small parks and bus shelters, compound walls and open grounds. Stanes School, Providence College, Brindavan School are some of the educational institutions that have volunteered to help them out. Sometimes they tie up with visitors to Coonoor. Like the time motorcyclists from Bangalore rode in and helped them paint the Mettupalayam bus shelter in the crowded Lower Coonoor area. “We are happy to report that the painted bus stops remain painted and have not been defaced,” says Samantha. Not just picking up litter, but restoring and cleaning up heritage buildings is also on their list of things to do with some help from architects.

The uplifting thing about this whole enterprise is that the group is working with the Coonoor Municipality Corporation. Says Samantha, “The municipality has been extremely forthcoming especially the chairman, Mr.Saravana Kumar. We meet with the chairman and commissioner and consult with them before every initiative and plan jointly.”  Samantha says that their goal is to collect and dispose garbage and create lots of little roadside parks and big ones too. 

Clean Coonoor would welcome more volunteers to join. You can get in touch with them on their Clean Coonoor facebook page.


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