During a seven-day camp organised at Aluva, Kerala, a bunch of 27 zealous students from St. Xavier’s college came up with a plan to clean Kerala State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) buses.
The students, who are enrolled under the National Service Scheme, arrived at the bus stop closest to their college, guided by two teachers. Resmi Varghese, who was heading the clean-up, said that the students had earlier been involved in cleaning up railway stations and public spaces. She told The Times of India, “The motive behind this was to send a strong message to the people so that they can derive inspiration from the act.”
They started cleaning on October 27, with the prior permission of the stationmaster. The Regional Transport Officer provided them with the cleaning equipment.
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Liandra Pius, one of the students, told The Times of India, “We were all in full spirits. There was so much enthusiasm that each one of us were actively involved in the clean-up act. We were least bothered about our clothes getting soiled.”
The students washed and scrubbed one luxury bus and one ordinary bus, and it took them three hours to finish the job. They hope this exercise will make citizens think twice before vandalising public property.