STATE TIMES NEWS KATRA: Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board in collaboration with International Volunteer Foundation (IVF) organised two-day Clean Vaishno Devi Yatra Mission-2 under 10th Edition of ‘Save The Trikuta Mountains’ campaign, launched in March 2014. The objective of ‘Save The Trikuta Mountains’ is to keep holy Trikuta Mountains Clean, Green and Plastic-free. A rally of more than 120 students was flagged off by R K Sinha, Vice-Chancellor, SMVDU, Kakryal. In his address to students, he stressed to shun single-use plastic besides using cloth bags to save Mother Nature. The rally of students was received by Vinay Khajuria, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, SMVDSB Katra at Spiritual Growth Centre. He apprised the students about achievements and continuous efforts of Shrine Board to keep holy Trikuta Mountains clean and green and appealed to students for spreading the message of Swachhta Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister of India. Kiran Kumar Sharma, Founder of the Campaign and Chairman IVF highlighted the achievements of previous campaigns and role of students in raising awareness among people about the importance of segregation of waste and convert it into wealth. The student volunteers marched from Katra to Bhawan with high energy, raising slogans and launched massive cleanliness and awareness drive on entire Yatra route, village Droudh, bathing Ghat etc in order to educate residents, shopkeepers, vendors and Yatris to keep surroundings, shops and Yatra track neat and clean and not to use polythene bags, not to litter, not to throw plastic bottles in gorges, using dustbins, reusing bottles etc. The volunteers also collected non bio-degradable garbage in gunny bags and distributed pamphlets among the masses. International Volunteer Foundation also honoured the staff members of Sanitation Wing of Shrine Board at Ban Ganga including SKCs for their commitment and hard work in keeping Ban Ganga clean. Yugal Khajuria, Dean SMVDU; Sumanta Sarthi Sharma, NSS Coordinator SMVDU; staff members of Central Office, SMVDSB Katra along with Sunder Singh, Rajesh Sharma and Rohit Sharma were also present on the occasion.
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