In an attempt to rebuild bonding among neighbours and friends, which has been hit by the Covid-induced social distancing protocols, a group of housing complexes on southern Bypass had come together to organise a inter-complex sports carnival — the first of its kind in this part of the city.
Hoping that 2021 would be able to wipe out the premonitions associated with last year, 14 housing complexes came together to form a social service group — the Spirit of Southern Bypass (SSB) — and organized the carnival with representations from all complexes that culminated on Sunday after a month-long weekend revelry.
“The year 2020 has been eventful in many ways. Late 2020, one fine evening, over a cup of tea, the Spirit of Southern Bypass (SSB) was formed primarily with the intention of coming together for common causes and establishing camaraderie. A beginning was made on December 20 with the Inter Complex Sports Carnival 2020-2021. The past one month has seen them compete against each other but their bonding has grown from strength to strength,” said Shirsendu Sengupta, a resident of Sugam Sabuj Complex near Narendrapur and the convenor of SSB.
Residents from 14 complexes — Atri Green Enclave, Atri Green Valley, Deeshari Megacity, Nilachal Complex, Pacific Dale, Rajwada Rosewood, Tirupati Paradise, Sherwood Estates, Skyline Lakeview, Southwinds, Sucasa Unique, Sugam Park, Sugam Sabuj and White Meadows — participated in the month long carnival competing against each other over cricket, badminton (open doubles, ladies doubles, mixed doubles and veteran doubles), table tennis (open, ladies and veterans) and carrom (open, ladies and veterans).
During the prize distribution ceremony, the group also honoured the efforts of “Mahila Seva Samity” an organization for the Welfare of Women, which has been providing relief and rehabilitation to women and children since 1947.
“In the coming days, SSB will be devoting their spare time to philanthropic activities, fighting for their rights and getting services of the authorities to all,” said Sengupta.