Monday, April 15, 2024

Lion Bhagirath Paliwal: Man on a Mission

Lion on bike tour

DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 5: Lion Bhagirath Paliwal MJF, who is on a mission on his motorcycle to travel from village to village across States and Union Territories in the country creating awareness against the gathering of a large number of people at a time when the world is facing a pandemic, arrived at Dimapur on Thursday.
Paliwal, who has now covered about 14,000 kms out of the 24,000 kms, which he intends to cover, was received by the members of the Lions Club Dimapur.
Sharing details about his journey and the mission with the media fraternity here at the premises of the Club, Paliwal, who is also the Chartered President of Lions Club of Surat Nakoda, said that he is covering the villages along the international borders to spread awareness as people in the urban areas are informed but those especially in the rural areas are still ignorant and unaware about the threat of the virus.
He started his journey on August 28 from Surat, Gujarat, and till now has covered Diu, Rajasthan, Punjab, Jammu & Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Nagaland.
According to him, he creates awareness among small groups of people waiting at the bus stand, tea stalls, etc. and stays in hotels and homestays most of the time spending his own money and refuses to accept any support. He carries with him a tent, for emergencies, 7 days of food, tools and spare parts among other things.
While this is his third such expedition, this is however, the first time that he covered the interiors of the Northeast. Earlier, he had taken such campaigns to encourage eye-donation in the years 2010 and 2013 from Surat to Himachal and from Surat to Sikkim respectively. He said that the only thing that hinders his campaigns is bad roads but he is mentally prepared for them.
On Thursday, he reached Dimapur via Sibsagar and left for Diphu on the same day. He usually travels 200-300 km a day, but if circumstances are agreeable the distance can be less. He said that he doesn’t keep a target to be reached at the end of the day and explained that one should not keep targets in a long distance as it might result in accidents and injuries.
54 year-old Paliwal, who runs a textile business, informed that the he is spending around Rs 4 lakh for this journey which could continue for 40-50 days more. (Page News Service)