Volunteers remove three tonnes of waste on Coonoor Road

Volunteers help clean up the Mettupalayam-Coonoor-Udhagamandalam road following the end of the summer festival in the Nilgiris.

Volunteers from Coonoor, Coimbatore and Hyderabad came together to conduct a post-season clean-up of the Mettupalayam-Coonoor-Udhagamandalam Road on Monday.

The clean-up, organised by Clean Coonoor with funds from a group of visitors from Hyderabad, who noticed the prevalence of litter along the road, was conducted between Coonoor and Burliar and involved more than 80 volunteers.

Members of ‘Clean Coonoor’, a citizens’ group dedicated to cleaning up the surrounding environs of Coonoor town, teamed up with volunteers from the Genesis Sports Foundation in Coimbatore and volunteers from Hyderabad. The volunteers split into multiple groups on early Monday morning and began cleaning the sides of the road.

By the end of the massive clean- up, around three tonnes of plastic waste was picked up by the volunteers.

P. J. Vasanthan, a member of the ‘Clean Coonoor’ citizens’ group, said that the massive task was undertaken to highlight the message to tourists the damage they were causing to the Nilgiris by improperly disposing of the waste they were bringing in to the district.

“We hope that efforts like this will strike a chord among tourists, and make them think twice about littering,” said Mr. Vasanthan.

The volunteers said that most of the waste collected was from plastic bottles, and wrappers used to package edible products.

Source : The Hindu.

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