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19 May 2019, Edition - 1405, Sunday

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Coimbatore

Cleanup operations held at Velliangiri Hills

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The Velliangiri Hills, a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere, are on the Western Ghats bordering Coimbatore district. It is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, including rare medicinal herbs.

Thenkailaya Bhakti Peravai, formed four years ago, launched its cleaning drive there as part of the World Environment Day.

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“On June 18, we cleaned the fourth and fifth hill. Our ‘Thenkailaya Bhakti Peravai’ used to conduct cleanups once in a year. But from this we have been doing it every Sunday,” said volunteer N Siva Shankar.

Around 40 volunteers from Chennai, Vathalakundu, Sivakasi, Velayuthampalayam, Namakkal, Thiruvarur, Bengaluru, Thirunelveli and nearby towns came together and participated in clearing plastic waste and non-degradable garbage.

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The movement creates awareness among public and Velliangiri devotees about the sacredness of the mountains, he added.

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