Thursday, March 11, 2021

SYMA appreciates Urbaser Sumeet conservancy workers

 

Great value is often associated with a clean place.  A clean city is a strong reflection of our moral and civic values. They do not just come by chance. They require – good strategy, execution, responsibility and dedicated maintenance.  .. .. and in ensuring that WE all have a role .. .. sad, in a city of literates, people throw waste from their housetops, fling garbage bags from their two wheelers and generally do not deposit them in bins or handover them to conservancy workers. 

Almost everyone of us would feel bad on seeing things unclean and many would complain too – we expect that workers should be around 24 X 7, keep things clean and tidy – yet not many would appreciate the good work (when done) – recognize those unrecognized faces who ensure the tidiness.  SYMA chose to be different.  .. for WE have a role in appreciating the good work of unsung heroes

Srinivas Youngmen’s Association has been doing service to the society ever since 1977.  The medical services and laboratory which remained closed during Covid 19 are open to public now.  Our Educational service (free tuition centre) is yet to function in this educational year.  SYMA started with cleaning Thiruvallikkeni thirukulam ‘Kairavini pushkarini’ and had been associated in civic awareness and cleanliness.

 


Thiruvallikkeni, the abode of Sri Parthasarathi Emperuman is eternal bliss.  On Mar 20,2020, Temple had to be closed on the wake of rise of Corona and remained inaccessible to devotees for few months.  The doors opened on Sept 7 for darshan of all and on Nov 30,  Thirukarthigai deepam, Emperuman stepped out of the eastern vasal.  On 6.1.2021 there was Andal purappadu [Neeratta Utsavam]. 2021  has been a bonanza !  .. ..in Feb 2021 was conducted 10 day grand Special Brahmothsavam for Sri Parthasarathi Perumal and in Mar 21 – special brahmothsavam for Sri Azhagiya Singar.  Thousands had darshan of Emperuman on various vahanams including thiruther and felt blessed.

Brahmothsavam are grand, congregation of thousands and to keep the streets clean and tidy requires herculean effort.  The Uthsavams could be conducted grandly with so many kainkaryabarargal – Battacharyargal; Adhyabargal & Arulicheyal goshti; Sripadham thangigal; Temple ulthurai and admin staff,  mangala vadhyam; theevatti and so many other kainkaryabarargal – then there were the Police authorities and .. .. ‘the conservancy workers’.   Employees of Urbaser Sumeet did a great job in ensuring the cleanliness of kulakkarai and madaveethigal during the purappadu. 

Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, campaign was launched on 2nd Oct 2014   by our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modiji.  The mastermind scheme  was India's largest cleanliness drive to date with three million government employees and students from all parts of India participating in 4,041 cities, towns, and rural areas.  In Chennai as in  most other cities -  cleanliness and conservancy is a major issue.      Urbaser-Sumeet has now taken over solid waste management in  most zones in the city. 

In decades earlier,  household would generate some waste like vegetable leftovers which would only be placed in the bin next to their home, now imagine the volume of solid waste generated by us, either after a shopping spree or after an order of Pizza or lunch from hotel – and most of us do not want a bin nearby house stating that it would pollute our environ.  WE can make a difference to the place around us – all that is required is ‘indomitable will, few leading from the front and people cooperating ’ – let us hope that the new Agency does solid waste management professionally and the city is kept clean and tidy. ~ and let us vow to cooperate in keeping our place, the city clean, just as we strive to keep our houses clean.

.. .. .. .. and yesterday morning SYMA honoured Police officials and staff of Urbaser Sumeet for keeping Thiruvallikkeni clean and playing a big role during Brahmothsavam.  They were honoured with towels and sweet boxes – they were happy and so are WE.

 

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

11.3.2020


















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