Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 6:
The eighth edition of Raahgiri event organised in the Odisha capital today witnessed an unusual visitor– Member of the British House of Lords Baroness Julia Neuberger—who was mighty pleased with the spirit of unique event as she had not seen such a replica even in city like London.
“I would be happy if an event like this to promote non-motorised transport (NMT) could be initiated in London,” Baroness Julia Neuberger expressed.
With every passing week, the turnout and activity at the event is increasing on the stretch from Master Canteen Square to Ram Mandir Square here. As per a rough estimate, around 60, 000 people turned up at the event.
The visitors witnessed a carnival organised by Humara Bachpan, a city-based child-centric social service organisation. It also organised a rally by the kids from different corners of the state capital to spread the message on how to make the city pollution free. A song and dance programme was also part of the celebration in which slum kids displayed their abilities in a finely choreographed event.
The day was also marked as Dentists’ Day by interesting displays and street plays by the Indian Dental Association (IDA), an umbrella organisations of all dentists of the region.
Members of the local IDA from different BDS and MDS colleges in the Twin Cities and nearby organised the event to spread awareness on oral basic hygiene, preventive dental care and educated the public on consulting only the professionally qualified dental surgeons and not to depend upon quacks.
A huge road-side art involving vegetables by a city-based charitable organisation attracted public gaze at the event.
Ahead of World Kidney Day on March 10, Utkal Kidney Foundation organised an awareness event under the guidance of well-known nephrologist Dr. Nisith Kumar Mohanty. He spoke on early detection of kidney related ailments and its prevention.
During the event well-known Odissi dancer Kumkum Mohanty, MP Prasanna Patsani, MLAs Sashi Bhusan Behera (Jaydev), Bijay Kumar Mohanty (Bhubaneswar Central) and Priyadarshi Mishra (Bhubaneswar North), Bhubaneswar Municiapl Corporation (BMC) Mayor Ananta Narayan Jena, Deputy Mayor K. Santi, Municipal Commissioner Krishan Kumar were present.
Notably, Raahgiri is celebrated on Janpath every Sunday to spread not only NMT, but also to make people aware of their rights over the road and to promote walking, cycling and sports to make them fit and healthy as the city is rapidly moving towards a fast-growing metro.