Kolkata cyclist starts solo Leh to Sri Lanka expedition

Samrat had started his ambitious journey from Leh on November 5 and on Monday reached Srinagar after crossing Zojila pass in a vehicle as authorities didn’t allowed him to move on a cycle.

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Srinagar, Publish Date: Nov 15 2018 12:34AM | Updated Date: Nov 15 2018 12:34AM
Kolkata cyclist starts solo Leh to Sri Lanka expeditionFile Photo

With the aim to make people aware about the conservation of water and saving river bodies, Kolkata-based cyclist Samrat Malik has undertaken a solo cycling expedition from Leh to Sri Lanka.

Samrat had started his ambitious journey from Leh on November 5 and on Monday reached Srinagar after crossing Zojila pass in a vehicle as authorities didn’t allowed him to move on a cycle.

“I started this journey and it will end in first phase at Kanyakumari after covering 4900 kilometres, moving through 13 States. Then I will be starting second phase from Point Pedro in Sri Lanka upto Southern tip of Country covering 600-kilometres. The aim of this solo journey is to make people aware conservation of water and saving rivers,” Samrat said.

“After reaching Zojila, I was not allowed by authorities to move ahead on cycle. I had to use cab from Zojila to Sonnmarg and then carried on the journey from there again on cycle,” he said.

The Kolkata-based cyclist who left his job in Tata Centre to start the mission of conserve water bodies and rivers was on Tuesday felicitated at Srinagar by the Branch Manager National Insurance Company Mohammad Amin Najar in front of the officials and staff members of the company. National Insurance Company is Samrat’s lead sponsor along with LIC as co-sponsor.

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