B Arch students of DG College of Architecture beautify overbridge environs in Oyitti Road
Kozhikode: Passers-by used to hold their noses to avoid the stink t stink that would rise from the stone stairway that leads form the railway station over bridge to histori Oyitty Road. But not anymore. Thanks to the industry of the 3rd year students of Devaki Amma’s Guruvayurappan College of Architecture, Chelembra, Malappuram, not just the stairway, but the whole environs has undergone an eye-pleasing makeover.
This effort is part of their greater ‘Making City’ initiative aimed reclaiming for the public unused spaces that have been lost to rubbish or overgrown with weeds. Chandan Eknath, one of the leading members, said that it is way of expressing their social commitment.
A park is being designed in the tiny space that abuts the stairway in Oyitty Road, renowned for its bell metal traders who came from the Konkan region by waterways centuries ago. Seats are also being installed to make it pedestrian-friendly. 124-sacks load of plastic and waste were removed from here. The 15-member gang expects the entire work to be over within a week. Once electricity connection is got, the park will be handed over to the corporation, though they will take care of the maintenance. Students, Hanna Malik, Gopika, P V Abhinav, Rohith R Nath, and staff co-ordinator, P M Shinoob were among those who volunteered, under the over-all supervision of Asst. Prof Stanly P Sunny.
Earlier too, students of DG College of Architecture had organised an hour-long silent protest on Kozhikode beach in solidarity with the global climate strike campaign inspired by the 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, which saw students taking to the streets against political apathy to combat climate crisis caused by global heating.
Later, students under the guidance of Asst. Prof Stanly P Sunny mobilised more than 5,000 people of Chelembra, predominantly girls and women, to form a human chain eight kilometres long as part of an environment awareness effort initiative. Students and teachers of Calicut University, panchayath, village, health and agriculture departments, Asha, anganwadi and kudumbasree workers had joined the human chain for a better future. They took an oath to shun plastic and work towards reducing pollution.