Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today flagged off the second Biju Patnaik Himalayan expedition, a voyage aimed to instill values of adventure, team spirit and leadership among youths.
“I am glad to flag off the Himalayan expedition and wish all participants success,” Patnaik said launching the campaign.
The expedition programme is entirely funded by the state Sports and Youth Services Department at a cost of Rs 20 lakh while Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF), the collaborative partner, will provide all the necessary technical support.
A team of 15 mountaineers and adventurists led by the Padmashree Bachendri Pal, Premlata Agarwal, mountaineer Jogabyasa Bhoi and Rajendra Singh Pal will scale Mt Rudugaira (19,000 ft), a peak situated in Gangotri glacier of Uttarakhand between 16 September and 28 September.
Earlier, an open advertisement regarding the expedition was published in the month of February following which selection processes were conducted at Kalinga Stadium.
Initially, out of the 157 applicants, 84 youths were screened to undergo a fitness test at TSAF centre in Jamshedpur.
Later, after the second phase screening at Uttarkashi, 15 youths were selected for the expedition.