Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan & Himalayan Mountaineering Institute Darjeeling hold programmes on World Bicycle Day - Songoti

Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan & Himalayan Mountaineering Institute Darjeeling hold programmes on World Bicycle Day

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National : The entire globe is facing a very big challenge of warming resulting in climate change. The effect is faced by every country and the main source of such a challenge is environmental pollution. The people are indiscriminately cutting down trees to pave way for concrete structures. In order to make people aware of this, Nehru Yuva Kendra (NYK), Kolkata organised a special programme today, the World Bicycle Day. As a part of this programme nearly 150 youths visited several localities of North Kolkata riding in cycles. Smt Nandita Bhattacharya, Deputy Director, NYKS stated, if cycles are used in rapid ways the dependence of fuel will reduce, which in turn will reduce the pollution level.

 She added, the target of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi in launching programmes like Fit India or Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav will be fruitful if the use of cycle is increased. Former footballer Manojit Das stated, cycling is not only a vehicle free of pollution, regular cycling keeps the body fit. Hence, the use of cycles should be encouraged. Among the dignitaries present were the Regional Director of NSS Shri Binoy Konar, Col. Devinder Maitra, Prashanta Mondal and Priyanka Ghosh. In another programme organised by NYK South Kolkata, the focus was given on ‘Going Green’. Smt Kalpana Ghosh

 Dastidar, former Captain, Football World Cup, All India Football Federation Instructor, Shri Ujjwal Roy, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Smt Madhabi Sarkar, cyclists and social activists were present. More than 250 cyclists from various organisations and youth clubs of South Kolkata participated in the programme. The cyclothon commenced from Jatin Das Park and ended at Deshapriya Park, covering Hazra Road, Tilak Road, Sarat Bose Road & Rash Behari Avenue of South Kolkata. In Darjeeling also, the World Bicycle Day was observed with utmost enthusiasm. The World Cycle Day Team of Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) undertook the 21 kms circuit of cycling. Peddling down from Chowrasta and meandering through the traffic jams of Darjeeling and sometimes taking an off road to avoid the traffic, the team reached Batasia War Memorial carrying the messages of ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ and Prime Minister’s message of ‘Panchamrut’ at CoP26 to reduce global climate

 change. The team paid tribute to India’s martyrs at the War Memorial. They subsequently reached the Darjeeling Toy Train Station, a UNESCO heritage site and interacted with the tourists and the mass and sailed through heavy traffic before completing the ride at Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park. The ride aimed to promote the ‘Go Green’ & ‘Green Mountain, Clean Mountain’ campaign besides promoting the tourist places of Darjeeling. The team HMI made an attempt to send the message that cycling is not only the best form of exercise; it is the best form of transport which can also combat global warming and climate change.

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