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Cycle rally for green environment

DIMAPUR, DEC 2 (NPN)(Staff Reporter)
Published on 2 Dec. 2012 10:32 PM IST
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With a theme which has been rightly projected “Ride to Recharge” and “See Green See Life”, the entourage of the 40 out of the 42 cyclists including a lone female cyclist finally converged at Dimapur Clock Tower on Sunday afternoon.

Organized as part of the Hornbill Festival 2012 by the Alaphra Group and endorsed and sponsored by the department of tourism supported by department of forests, ecology, environment and wildlife, the “enjoying nature on two wheels” was flagged off by US Consul General, Kolkata, Dean R. Thompson, at 8.30 am from Kisama.

Speaking at the post event celebration at Hotel Saramati, Dimapur, DGM, sales and technical, Shouvik Chakraborty, Star Cement, the title sponsor of the cycle rally, said that the kind of rally would be an optimistic approach to spread the message to “go green” across the region and the country.

Stating that culturally Nagaland was very strong, the DGM further said that as a corporate it would always be there to support such kind of initiatives in future.

Also speaking at the post event celebration as the lead sponsor, SBI regional office, Dimapur, AGM, Biswajeet Bhatacharjee, who also visited the hornbill festival at Kisama said that he was astonished to see lots of greenery in the state unlike other parts of the mainland India and added that he was proud to be part of the noble cause to make the country green at the same time congratulated the organizers and vowed to help the people of the interior region if taken such steps to save the planet earth.

One of the cyclists was commissioner and secretary, forests, ecology and wildlife, Amardeep Singh Bhatia, who said he enthusiastically participated in the rally as he has concerned for the environment.

Another cyclists reaching Dimapur from Kisama was Maj Gen (retd) N. George, CFMG/CFSB, chairman, who said that it has been an excellent “ride to recharge” particularly to the point of recharging people especially the youths to save the planet earth.

The youngest cyclists was an 14 years old student of class IX from Sainik school, Punglwa, Lokuh Sangtam, who said that he was feeling good to be a part of the cyclists team to spread and have concern for the environment.

The lone female rallyist Carol Humtsoe said that after participating in the rally said that cycling was something about exercise and fitness to keep her healthy and added that she received a lot of attention being the lone female participants.

Shuk Shishak, one of the members of the Nagaland Cycling Association (NCA) which was launched at Kisama before the flagging off of the rally said that the noble idea of cycling in the state was started with handful of youngsters with common interest, after which it grew into a strong family for which it decided to form an association.

He said that basically, the idea was to encourage youngsters to take cycling professionally for which they have plan to tie up with Nagaland Olympic Association (NOA) and Cycling Federation of India so that in future it could be taken as professionally by youths in order to lead a healthy life.

It may be mentioned that the association would be led by Yashi as the president.  Meanwhile, the organizers have extended its gratitude to Nagaland Hotels Limited (NHL) for sponsoring dinner for the participants at Hotel Saramati, Dimapur, Lions Club Dimapur (LCD) for providing an ambulance, Allahabad Bank for sponsoring beverages, My Little Village Cycles for the support and gears, IT and Social Media, PiCiDi Sytsems from Manipur, official photographer, Shuk Shishak, Nagaland Manpower and Project Consultancy Services.    

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