August 25, 2015
About a year and a half ago, a group of friends joined hands to start a Non Governmental Organization (NGO) called Towards a Serene Kovai (TASK). As its name suggests, the NGO aims at creating a serene Kovai.
The NGO has 6 core committee members – Gurdip Singh Anand, who serves as the President of the NGO, Rev. Sr. Pauline from Nirmala College for Women, R. Raveendran of RAAC, Abdul Hakkim, Ramanathan, and Basheer. Apart from the core members, ten people serve as honorary members of TASK.
Ever since TASK was incepted, its members have been working along with other NGOs towards making Coimbatore a better place. TASK celebrated Diwali with the devotees who had come to offer prayers at a mosque in Kuniyamuthur. In the past TASK has also joined hands with the Coimbatore Corporation and has initiated several garbage segregation projects along with other NGOs.
However, it is their debut project that has earned TASK a lot of praise.
The members of the group had identified a garbage dump located in Muthu Colony in Karumbukadai, and began transforming this space into a park. Members of TASK along with Coimbatore Corporation cleaned up the area. The area was fenced and saplings were planted in this zone. We were told that the place will be open to public once the saplings grow. There is also a garden where vegetables like pumpkins, beans, tomatoes and chilies are grown.
TASK committee member and the project’s coordinator, Mr. Abdul Hakkim, said, “We got 100 saplings from Siruthuli. Residents and students of the two nearby schools (a Government school and Atar Jamat High School) planted the saplings in the park. The school watchman, Mohammed Rafi, has volunteered to look after the plants.”