Clean-up campaign held in Coonoor

Members of ‘Clean Coonoor’ citizens’ group, with school students, cleaning the Tiger Hill cemetery in Coonoor on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: HANDOUT_E_MAIL

Members of ‘Clean Coonoor’, along with school students from Chennai, undertook a heritage walk and clean-up campaign in Coonoor on Thursday.

The 11 students, who took part in the exercise, were part of a group of 35 students who were invited to the Nilgiris by the Keystone Foundation. On Thursday, the 11 students and seven volunteers from ‘Clean Coonoor’ began a walk from the Sims Park. They also visited the Pasteur Institute of India campus in Coonoor, the All Saints Church, and finally, the Tiger Hill cemetery.

“With the help of the students, we managed to pick up around three to four bags of liquor bottles strewn at various places along the walk,” said P J Vasanthan, a heritage enthusiast and member of ‘Clean Coonoor’ citizens’ group.

The group also managed to clean up sections of the Tiger Hill cemetery, and safeguard a more than 100-year-old statue which had been unceremoniously removed from a tomb and dumped in a fountain at the cemetery. “We have retrieved the statue and also found bits of broken marble that were originally part of the statue, using which the statue can be restored,” said Mr. Vasanthan.

The students and members of ‘Clean Coonoor’ are to conduct a clean-up of the Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR) line between Coonoor and Kattery on Friday, on the anniversary of the release of the movie “A Passage to India,” parts of which were filmed in Udhagamandalam and using the NMR.

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