The four-day cycle rally organised by the National Cadet Corps Kerala and Lakshadweep Directorate to spread the message on the need to conserve energy concluded here at the Rajendra Maidan on Friday.
Sixty cadets from various parts of the state who cycled about 220 km from Thiruvanathapuram and Kozhikode respectively to Kochi interacted with the public and distributed pamphlets on energy conservation.
According to the students, the campaign started on a positive note and ended as an enriching experience. “We got an idea of the different cultures as general features of each district. The experience was enlightening and fun-filled,” said Rashad of Payyannur College.
Major General Biswajit Chakravarty, Additional Director-General of NCC Kerala and Lakshadweep Directorate, said the rally was conducted by the NCC in that state after a long hiatus.
Mayor Tony Chammany who inaugurated the valedictory commended the role played by the NCC youth in cultivating unity and discipline as well as building moral values. He said the Kochi Corporation was working towards energy conservation through innovative projects such as the Solar city project and energy auditing. He also laid stress on the need for the youth to direct their energy on organisations like the NCC.
KSEB executive engineer V James said that Kerala was facing an acute crisis in the energy sector and it was necessary to increase energy production. “In the coming years, Kerala would require 6000 Megawatts of power and the state will have to produce 2500 Megawatts of excess power. “We do not have sufficient thermal plants or sources of renewable energy. It is impossible to start such stations due to the lack of land availability,” he said.
It is time the community is taught how to conserve energy by switching chargers and other electrical gadgets and appliances when not in use.
Lt Colonel Murali who led one of the teams said sportive competition has to be encouraged for development of an individual. Lt Colonel Kumar Shankar said that the NCC cadets were in high spirits throughout the entire trip which also gave them an insight into road discipline. “A separate lane for cyclists on the city roads, is a must,” said the cadets.