Run for the Future for Makar Sankranti

Hundreds of Tarumitra students from different schools of the town participated in the Run for the future a program meant to highlight the issues of the city becoming a smart city. While the city S.P Shivdeep Lande flagged off the run, a University student from Mexico, Ms Andrea Ulloa led the group from Patna zoo to the Income tax roundabout.

The students ran the three kilometre stretch asking the Road Construction Department to make a good footpath for the pedestrians of the city. Being the busiest road in Patna, Bailey Road was the centre of their concerns.

The city S.P, Shivdeep Lande flagging of the rally urged the students to become traffic-sensitive and learn to use more and more footpaths to save energy and reduce the rampant pollution.

Smriti of class 11 of Carmel School said that any modern city needs good footpaths. “So many of the small children of our school walk to school. A good footpath on Bailey Road means so much of safety for them”, said Smirti. She also commented that the traffic systems on the main roads are in shambles. “More than ever we need a good footpath connecting Patna high court, the Secretariat and the Zoo.” she said.

Andrea Ulloa from Mexico and her companion Tania Chicaiza from Ecuador told the students that the third world cities have to build up good footpaths as part of building up the infra-structure. “A good footpath is a must in a capital city like Patna where three million people use the roads daily”, said Andrea, who also said that her own city too faced similar problems in Mexico.

Sagar of St. Michael’s opined that schools and their students have to raise the pressure on the administration to build more footpaths for the future. Surabhi of Notre Dame complained that the footpaths are illegally used as godowns by the unscrupulous elements. “Vegetable vendors have occupied the busy footpaths of the Secretariat area”, said Surabhi.

The students ran reached the spacious lawns of Carmel School to celebrate the Dahi-chura festival of Makar Sankranti. Tarumitra team offered cent percent organic rice for the occasion. It may be mentioned that their Bio-reserve in Digha have been cultivating Organic Rice last three years. The students relished the Chura mixed with curd, Tilkut (made of sesame seeds) and course sugar.

Present also were Ms M. Molomoo from Darjeeling, Anuradha Azad, D.N Prasad, PravinSaurah and the Convenor, Avinash Kumar Singh from St. Xavier’s college.