Puri: A cleanliness drive was organised by Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) at Gundicha Temple in Puri district under ‘Swachhata Pakhwada’ initiative today.
Swachhta Pakhwada, an initiative by Government of India to promote cleanliness, is being organised throughout the nation from July 1 to July 15.
After the nine days sojourn of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra at Gundicha temple, the trinity is now back to Srimandir for Suna Bhesa(Golden attire).
Hundreds of devotees witnessed the Bahuda Yatra (Return Car Festival) at Srigundicha Temple in Holy city Puri to pay obeisance to the deities on the eve of Bahuda Yatra yesterday.
To clean the area after the grand festival, the cleanliness drive led by IOCL General Manager (HR-CSR) Debi Prasad Satapathy and other senior officials was carried out for nearly two and half hours in the vicinity of Gundicha Temple and Grand Road.
Puri MLA Jayant Sarangi also joined the drive with full enthusiasm. He appreciated the Indian Oil for this noble gesture. The dealers and distributors of Oil Industry, around 200 volunteers from Puri Local also participated in this drive.
Addressing the participants, Satapathy emphasised on the need for a litter-free environment. He also said that while such exercises will be continued, it is the responsibility of all to keep our premises neat and clean thereby, ensuring zero tolerance to litter.
He also enthused the public with the inspiring words, “Swachhta should not remain restricted as a time-specific event, it should be ingrained in our habit and living.”