Operation plastic launched at Sri Pada

By Yasasmin Kaviratne

With the beginning of the Sri Pada season tomorrow, on Unduwap Poya, the Explorers’ Club of the Peradeniya University conducted a polythene and garbage clearing up programme at this venerated spot.

“This is an annual event conducted by the Club,” Public Relations Officer Kasun Geeganage said.
“Last year we focused on polythene and collected 1000 kg of polythene near the Uda Maluwa of Sri Pada. This year it was plastic bottles and we collected around 500-600 kg ,” he said adding that there was a lot of uncollected garbage which was difficult to clean up.

Around 100 members of the University Explorers’ Club began the climb around 8 p.m. on December 10 and spent the night at the Nallathanni School to start the clearing up programme early in the morning.
Kasun said in addition to looking into all facilities including security, food and accommodation they followed most of the traditional customs associated with the site such as starting the day by bathing in the Seetha gangula.

“We then discussed the importance of the cleaning up project. As there were students from all the eight faculties, they shared their different degrees of knowledge on the environment in general, Sri Pada and the importance of protecting the site,” he said. Even a toffee wrapper was not spared if they could help it, Kasun said.

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