For a Clean, Green Nilgiris

As part of the ongoing Summer Festival the focus has now been shifted to promote eco tourism in the Nilgiris

Udhagamandalam: With the curtain coming down on dance, drama and music programmes organised as part of the Summer Festival at the Breeks HADP Open Air Stadium here on Monday, the focus has shifted to other activities being organised in association with various private sector agencies.

Promoting adventure:The Nilgiris Collector Archana Patnaik flagging off a cycle rally in Udhagamandalam on Tuesday. — Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy

Speaking to The Hindu the organisers expressed the confidence that the activities proposed would not only give the tourists something to remember this hill station by but also carry forward the ‘Clean, Green Nilgiris’ theme of the ongoing Summer Festival.

The first among such activities was a cycle rally organised with the help of TI Cycles which was flagged off at the Collectorate here on Tuesday by the Nilgiris Collector, Archana Patnaik.

Stating that it was the first of its kind here, she said that since youth also are forced to adopt a sedentary lifestyle it is imperative that such activities are promoted.

Pointing out that cycling will also help protect the environment, she said that the participation of a large number of NCC girls from various parts of the country who are here in connection with a trekking expedition will help spread the green message.

With the cadets raising slogans like ‘Bharat Matha Ki Jai’ one of them Bhoomika of Ahmedabad said that she was filled with pride to take part in such a cycling campaign.

The Tourist Officer, Dorairaj, said that such activities made the Summer Festival lively.

The Manager (Marketing) TI Cycles, Saurav Jalgonkar, said that the objective was to help the administration promote eco tourism. A distance of about five km. was covered by the cyclists.

By way of promoting adventure cycling a display of extreme adventure biking skills will be organised at the Boat House here on Wednesday.

From THE HINDU

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