BERHAMPUR: The usually crowded road passing through Khallikote University had something new in store for its denizens on Sunday morning. It was Raahgiri’s first venture in Silk City.
The road from Water Tank to Diamond Jubilee Town Hall was closed from both ends early on Sunday with police personnel guiding the area to organise the much-awaited Raahgiri.
After its successful run in Bhubaneswar and Puri, Raahgiri made its debut in the Silk City of Berhampur.
Various activities like cycling, yoga, karate class, street cricket, skating and folk dance were organised. Even though the temperature was normal in the morning, the mercury started to soar afterwards. But the heat failed to affect the spirit of the participants. People of all age groups attended the event and enjoyed the fitness activities and free health checkup.
Raahgiri started at 6 am and kept its audience engrossed till 9.30 am.
“The event is an effort to make Berhampur a sustainable and environment-friendly city by encouraging non-motorised transport usage, road safety, increased physical activity and greater engagement among people”, IG (SR) Amitav Thakur said.
Among the campaigns on different topics displayed at the event, ‘Mu Odia’ drew maximum public attraction.
Among others MP Sidhant Mohapatra, MLA RC Choupatnaik, BDA Chairman Subash Maharana, BeMC Mayor K Madhavi, Collector Prem Chandra Choudhury, SP Asish Singh and BDA Secretary Dipti Mahapatra participated.