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Cause of environment and health: MP collector, police chief pedal their way to office

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Special Correspondent

Bhopal/Ashoknagar: A pleasant surprise awaited the residents of Ashoknagar gathered for the weekly public hearing at the district collector’s office on March 28, as the collector, the superintendent of police (SP) and other senior officials of the district pedaled their way in.

The officials took bicycles to the office in a bid to spread the message of environment protection and better health. The somewhat tired but beaming officials shared that some of them rode the bicycle after 25 years while some did after 15 years.

District collector BS Jamod and district police chief (SP) Santosh Singh led the bunch of the officials in the initiative. The collector had recently made an appeal to the district officials and employees to use bicycles once a week to go to the office to save fuel; protect environment and maintain physical fitness.

On Tuesday morning, the collector himself rode the bicycle about 200 km from his official residence to the office. He was accompanied by district programme officer (women and child development) Rahul Pathak and assistant director (public relations) MS Siddiqui.

Separately, officials like SP Santosh Singh, district project coordinator UN Mishra, deputy director (veterinary) MS Tamori, tehsildar Suryakant Tripathi, chief municipal officer PK Singh, deputy director (agriculture) MS Marawi and others also reached the public hearing venue at collectorate on bicycles.

Talking to media persons, the collector said that the plan is to extend the awareness drive to other government employees in the district and also to issue an appeal to common people to use bicycle to work once a week.