A cyclothon with transgender community to promote NMT
Bhubaneswar: In order to promote non-motorised transport and cycling across the Smart City, the Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) today organised an exclusive cyclothon of transgenders between Ekamra Kshetra Plaza near Sishu Bhawan Square and Temple Plaza near Ram Mandir Square.
Around 50 transgenders participated in the event sponsored by Khimji Foundation. Members of SAKHA, a community-based organisation of transgenders actively participated in the event with great enthusiasm under the leadership of Meera Parida.
As part of its citizen-centric planning based on the Smart City Proposal, a quality city-wide facility for cycles and pedestrian ways has been developed. The initiative aims less emissions so that citizens could enjoy a healthy and livable environment to breath in fresh air with minimal load of pollutants and particulate matters in the neighborhood air. The city has relied on its NMT planning to make it more citizen-friendly.
Managing Director and CEO of Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited Sanjay Kumar Singh said, “We always believe in inclusiveness and for a better city we include all communities into the mainstream. While the self-help groups (SHGs) of transgender communities are given the responsibilities of manning the parking spaces, their participation today in the cyclothon has again proved that we are going to include all socially disadvantageous groups in our citizen-centric activities and planning.’’