Wednesday, February 1

Youth cycles 1,600km for a greener planet

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Concerned at the country’s pollution levels rising at an alarming rate, a 22-year-old cyclist from Manipur’s Moirang has taken it up on himself to crusade against the environmental threat. Philem Rohan rode 1,600km to Kolkata on a bicycle to spread awareness about pollution. Starting from Imphal on March 19, Rohan reached Kolkata on Friday night. Rohan’s concern for the environment was awakened during his stay in Delhi last November. On Diwali the capital city had been engulfed in a thick blanket of smog, making him wonder how could he contribute towards the conservation of the environment. Later, he took his first solo cycle trip from Delhi on January 8 this year reaching Imphal 28 days later. “I was extremely disturbed when I saw the kind of pollution during the Diwali in November 2017. I pledged to contribute in my own way to create awareness on pollution,” Rohan told TOI. This time the graduate from DM College Imphal started his journey from Imphal on March 19 with the Italy-made Java cycle. The campaign was sponsored by Metro Cycle, Paona Bazar. Rohan covered around 100km a da y riding about seven to eight hours. He stopped at different places, specially in schools and colleges on his way, interacting with students.

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