Says Sangeeta Sridhar who is out on Clean India Trail
Bhilai, Feb 08, 2019: Driving alone across 136 cities of the country, 52-year-old Sangeetha Sridhar reached Steel City Bhilai on Thursday. An UAE expatriate, she is conducting a solo trip ‘Clean India Trail’ across 150 cities of the country to explore the nation of Mahatma Gandhi’s dreams.
While talking to media persons after visiting the SAIL’s Flagship Unit – Bhilai Steel Plant, Sangeetha appreciated the magnificence of industries like BSP and cities like Raipur which are taking the nation forward in terms of education, employment and healthcare. Sharing experiences of her visit to insurgency hit Bastar region, she stated that the people welcomed her with kindheartedness and she did not feel any fear. She added that the people who are involved into activism against Chhattisgarh will ‘tweet’ its “mahima” differently but the ground reality is not the same. “Naxals and insurgents are their private matters so don’t think about negative elements. Combination of values of tribal life which is more eco-friendly, more health conscious and more exposed to nature is the specialty of this state”, she said.
Further appreciating the beauty of Chitrakote Falls, Sangeetha said that its beauty cannot be explained. She wished to visit Chitrakote again during monsoon season. She added that during journey she spotted the green paddy fields then suddenly came the mountains. This transition was very pleasant. She urged the people to visit Chhattisgarh as a tourism spot.
Speaking about the “road safety issues”, she suggested the drivers for not showing their anger and ego on the road. The drivers should maintain calm on the road. She added, “Many people don’t have vehicles and they are seen walking on the road. If you have a car, then drive with a smile”.
It needs to be mentioned here that Sridhar embarked on her journey to 150 cities of the nation on August 12, from the Gateway of India in Mumbai. For spreading awareness about Swachh Bharat Mission and Mahatma’s vision of a clean India, she is conducting the “Clean India Trail”.
Sridhar has modified her SUV for the journey. Two rows of seats have been removed in her car to add compartments. The modifications have been done to create sleeping space as well as storage. Solar panels have been installed on the roof to generate electricity and run a fan, light, and charge the electronic devices.