07th October 2020 07:30:57 Hours
522 Brigade troops of the 52 Division HQ of the Security Force HQ-Jaffna on account of the forthcoming 71st Army Anniversary on Tuesday (6) launched a mega cleaning project along Ketpeli coastal beach up to Kilali lagoon on the guidelines given by Brigadier Kithsiri Liyanage, General Officer Commanding (GOC), 52 Division and Brigadier Janaka Wijayasiri, Commander, 522 Brigade.
The project saw highly-polluted major coastal areas, littered with discarded papers, wrappers, polythene, plastic bottles, empty beer cans and liquor bottles, etc collected and beach areas cleaned up. Troops of the 52 Division, 522 Brigade and 7 (V) and 15 (V) Battalions of Gajaba Regiment in close coordination with Policemen and civil volunteer organizations carried out the full-day programme.
Aimed at creating an attitudinal awakening among the general public and making them understand the value of coastal and marine resources while attracting community contribution for beach clean-up efforts, the project was joined by the GOC, 52 Division, Commander, 522 Brigade and All Ranks. Refreshments and meals were also served to all participants during the ‘Shramadana’.
Meanwhile, 523 Infantry Brigade troops added their share to the 52 Division-initiated beach cleaning programme on Tuesday (6) from Columbuthurai coastal beach to Ariyalai in the Jaffna district.
The programme was organized by the 523 Infantry Brigade on the direction of 52 Infantry Division. The fishing communities and a large number of civilians, Grama Niladari and Health Department Officials also extended their support by joining hands with the Army to make this programme successful.
Colonel Rohan Rajapaksha, Commander, 523 Brigade, Lieutenant Colonel Tusitha Gamage, Commanding Officer, 12 Gemunu Watch, Major Shelton Gallage, Commanding Officer, 4 Vijayabahu Infantry Regiment, Mr Mundan, Development Officer Jaffna Municipal Council, T Suresh, Public Health Inspector of Nallur, S. Radeep, Grama Niladari of Ariyalai, H Seendan Grama Niladari of Columbuthurai and Nedunkulam, Senior Officers, Officers and troops participated in the programme that continued along this patch of the beach. At the same time, troops donated food items to the Kaithadi Elders’ Home.