Bicycle jatha to protect Western Ghats

27 cyclists to create awareness on biodiversity, environment

Youth participating in the ‘Great Malnad Challenge’ bicycle jatha organised by the Bangalore based Tandem Trials Club to create awareness on protecting the biodiversity of Western Ghats near Raja Seat in Madikeri on Saturday. DH PhotoSenior hockey coach C V Shankar flagged off the jatha, in which 27 cyclists participated. Speaking on the occasion, Tandem Trials Club Secretary Vijaya said that the jatha is being organised with a major objective of giving emphasis for the protection of environment and thereby ensure health among the people. “More emphasis will be given to create awareness on Western Ghats and its biodiversity. We appeal people to use bicycles instead of travelling in fuel-based vehicles to protect the environment,” he added. 

 The jatha, which will be continued for nine days, will reach Kukke Subramanya on the first day. The jatha will reach Belur on October 24, Kemmannugundi on 25, Muthodi on 26, Kudremukh on 27, Agumbe on 28, Kundapur on 29, Kodachadri on 30 and will conclude at Jog falls on October 31, Vijaya said. Awareness programmes and quiz contests will be organised on environment in assocation with Rajya Vijnana Parishat at various schools on the route. In additon to prizes to winners, books, bags and other study materials will be distributed to poor students.

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