Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 22:
A contest has been floated inviting citizens to suggest a new name for Raahgiri in Odisha capital which is scheduled to begin from November 27.
“Citizens can suggest new name for Raahgiri in the official Facebook page of ‘Bhubaneswar Smart City’ and stand a chance to win Rs 5, 000. However, the suggested name should reflect the essence of the event which not only promotes clean and green energy (non-motorised transport), but also encourages recreational, community, leisure activities and use of street by all denizens in a safe manner in the city,” a release said.
To participate in the contest users just have to go the official page ‘Bhubaneswar Smart City’ (www.facebook.com/bhubaneswartowardssmartcity) and submit their suggestions in message box or in the comments or if some one wants to submit suggestions offline or though WhatsApp he/she can submit the same at BMC Communication Cell to Gopal Panigrahi @9937033393.The contest is live till Thursday midnight and the winner would be announced on the following day on the Facebook page itself.
“Under a new name the weekly event in its Season II will be more exciting on November 27,’’ said Additional Commissioner and Member Enforcement (BDA) Bhabani Chayani, who is also the nodal officer for the week-end event.
The organizers are planning to come up with a new avatar and with new ideas like a talent hunt and storey-telling sessions by well-known Ollywood personalities Akas Das Nayak and Anu Choudhury.
City-based organisation Bakul Foundation, which has taken innovative steps to popularise library movement in and around Bhubaneswar and across the State, a regular participant at all the Raahgiris, will come up with story-telling sessions.
Raahgiri as an event was basically adopted to promote non-motorised transport through cycling, walking, various physical activities, yoga, performances by students and artists to promote art and craft-making, health check-up camps and activities to engage various age groups and especially children.
The event was discontinued in view of the monsoon season.