Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 27:
Raahgiri today returned to the streets of the Odisha capital in a new avatar ‘Bhubaneswar Patha Utsav’ with people from various walks of life participating in it.
The inaugural day of the second edition was declared open by Mass Education minister Debi Prasad Mishra in presence of Tourism and Culture Minister Ashok Chandra Panda, Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Mayor Anant Narayan Jena, BMC Commissioner Krishan Kumar and MLAs – Bijaya Kumar Mohanty and Priyadarshi Mishra.
The stretch from Master Canteen Square to Ram Mandir Square was agog with musical, dance and sporting activities since 7 am.
“Our prime motive behind conducting this event is to promote cleanliness, brotherhood and harmony among the citizens. We invite suggestions on how to make the event more vibrant,” Mayor Anant Narayan Jena said.
After successful run for 27 weeks, the event had taken a break with the onset of monsoon this year. The event has made a comeback after being rechristened as Bhubaneswar Patha Utsav.
“Earlier it was a Hindi name and now it has been changed to Odia. We welcome the renaming decision,” a city denizen expressed.
According to reports, around 1034 contestants had participated in the contest to rename Raahgiri. Suggestions were invited through social media for this purpose.