Blind navigators come out in flying colours in car rally

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Jan 2017 12:01:27

Staff Reporter,

On Sunday, the 11th Blind Challenge Car Rally was organised in collaboration with the Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (IGRMS) and Arushi, NGO for disabled. There were 48 participants- drivers and the visually impaired navigators took part. The rally was flagged off by B P Singh (Chief Secretary, Govt. of MP), Antony De Sa (Chairman of RERA) and Prof Sarit Kumar Chaudhuri (Director, IGRMS). The rally began from DB City Mall and culminated at the Manav Sangrahalaya.

In the rally, the vehicle was driven by a sighted person and the navigator was a blind person. The route map in Braille was given to them on the spot. The navigators for the rally were from all over Madhya Pradesh. The rally covered around 30 kms distance within the Bhopal municipal limits.
The rally moved through clear roads of MP Nagar, Paryavas Bhawan, Chetak Bridge, Carmel Convent School, Saket Nagar, Veer Savarkar Bridge, 1100, Campion School, Manisha Market, Bittan Market, 7 no. 1250 stop, Mata Mandir, Hajela Hospital, Dipo Chauraha, Regional Institute and ended at IGRMS. Enroute were check points to ensure no one drives fast and all traffic rules are strictly followed.

The prize distribution programme was organised at Veethi Sankul open air auditorium of IGRMS. Vishnu Datta Sharma (State General Secretary, BJP), Prof Sarit Kumar Chaudhuri (Director, IGRMS), Dr Piyush Trivedi (Arushi, Bhopal) and Arun Kiro (Assistant Curator, IGRMS) were present for giving the prizes to the winners. There were cash prizes and trophies for top three winners and gifts to all navigators.
Rajeev Saxena and Hitesh Bhagat bagged first prize of Rs 10,000/-, Rahul Bhargava and Kuldeep Mahajan bagged second prize of Rs 6,000/- cash in the expert category and Shailendra Bagre and Pankaj Kushwaha third prize of Rs 4,000/- cash and trophy. All participants were given mementos, certificates and other prizes. Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya gifted caps and bags to all navigators. Bhumika Birthare was the host of the event.