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The dedicated duo of RAPRA

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They are the driving force behind RAPRA’s mega street cleaning campaign

They are a two-member team from Raja Annamalaipuram and their role in the success of what is called the “Mega Street Cleaning Campaign” cannot be emphasised enough.

They are: V.R. Rangarajan, Raja Annamalaipuram Residents Association (RAPRA) and S. Ravikumar, treasurer, RAPRA.

Up to May 2017, a few roads in Raja Annamalaipuram were swept every day and any complaints residents made about conservancy operations were attended to, without any delay. However, certain sections of the roads however wore a dirty look.

Residents were at their wit’s end figuring out how to remedy this situation.

That is when Dr. R. Chandrasekaran, founder Raja Annamalaipuram Residents Association (RAPRA), had returned from Los Angeles, and he brought home the knowledge of a garbage disposal system that worked like a charm in that city.

He implemented this model in his neck of the woods, in co-ordination with members of RAPRA and Ramky Enviro Engineers.

V. R. Rangarajan, secretary, says, “In the initial stages, we faced a few hiccups. A section of the residents refused to remove their parked vehicles from the streets. We approached the police for assistance. Policing played a key role in successful implementation of the model.”

The senior citizens draw up the pattern in which the cleanups have to be carried out, well in advance and send the same to the executive committee members of RAPRA for approval through e-mail.

Upon approval, the duo informs the authorities at Ramky Enviro Engineers and the residents through email and Whatsapp about the clean-ups.

“We inform the residents about the clean-up a day or two in advance on WhatsApp. We also ask them not to park their vehicles on the stretch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.,” says S. Ravikumar.

According to members of RAPRA, the model has received good response from residents and is a huge success.

Display of placards with information about the clean-up at strategic locations in the serene residential locality has also helped generate interest in the initiative among residents.

For details, call Rangarajan at 9444469137 and Ravikumar at 75501 25579.

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