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Jena cancels Kanchenjuga expedition after BDA refuses to grant leave

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Odisha Sun Times Sports Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Apr 8:

Ganesh Chandra Jena, the first male mountaineer from Odisha to scale the world’s highest mountain peak Mount Everest in 2011, has had to cancel  his mission to conquer Mount Kanchenjunga.

Ganesh Jena with CM Naveen Patnaik
Ganesh Jena with CM Naveen Patnaik

The 42-year-old mountaineer of Gajapati district, who was scheduled to begin his mission this month to scale the world’s third highest pick (8586 metre), had to cancel his tour due to the non-approval of his leave by the Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA), where he is presently employed, on the plea of the ensuing elections in the state.

With this, Jena is set to lose Rs 1.7 lakh he had arranged for him and a sponsored money of Rs 7.5 lakh.

It may be mentioned here that the BDA authority had formally flagged off Jena’s mission on March 29 this year.