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Cycling home a message

Bicycle Diaries: Muruganandham cycles to and from work to cover 44 km every day.

Bicycle Diaries: Muruganandham cycles to and from work to cover 44 km every day.   | Photo Credit: GRJGM

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G. Muruganandham, a resident of Kolathur, will ride from Chennai to Tiruchirappalli to meet his daughter. Along the way, he’ll promote an environment-friendly way of life

He is on a mission to drive home – rather, cycle home – the need to lay a protective arm around the environment. G. Muruganandham, a resident of Kolathur, who works as a manager at Petrofac Engineering Services India Private Limited, will pedal his way from Chennai to Tiruchirappalli via Tindivanam and Thozhudur.

Through this ride, which ‘pedals off’ on Monday, the cyclist seeks to encourage people to adopt cycling as an alternative means of transport and create a pollution-free environment.

He says, “The campaign is to make people see why we have to protect the environment. I commute from my home in Kolathur to my workplace in Manapakkam on a cycle. I have been covering 44 (up and down) kilometers every day for the past one-and-a-half years. Cycling is a healthy exercise and improves fitness levels. I feel like a 20-year-old when I cycle.”

Muruganandham cycles through the by-lanes of Anna Nagar, Koyambedu, Chinmaya Nagar and Ramapuram to reach his workplace. “I leave my home at 6.30 a.m. daily, reach work at 8 a.m. In the evening, I leave my office at 6.30 p.m. reach home by 7.30 p.m. or 7.45 p.m.,” he says.

Apart from creating awareness about the environment, he also plans to promote Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Clean India’ initiative. “People here lack civic sense. They have the habit of throwing the garbage on the streets and this has to stop. Moreover, people should grow more trees to combat global warming,” says Muruganandham, who will reach Tiruchirappalli on Wednesday evening, and will meet his daughter, M. Keerthana, who is studying at the National Institute of Technology there.

His aim is to make the world a better place and ensure that future generations enjoy it too. “People should take steps to protect the environment and avoid using plastic bags. My attempt is to motivate more people to start cycling. This will help them be healthy and fit.”

He intends to take a 10-15 minute break every hour and halt for the night at Tindivanam, and Thozhudur. He is expected to return by Saturday. He can be contacted at 9176646623 / 8681975672.

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