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Car rally for mental health
- Motorists to touch state for first time in annual road show

Jamshedpur, May 2: The second of the 3rd Mental Health Challenge Rally for motorbikes and four-wheelers will be flagged off from Nicco Jubilee Park here tomorrow.

Its first leg would start from Salt Lake Nicco Park in Calcutta tomorrow itself earlier in the day. Some top rallyists, including an all-women outfit, would be part of the proceedings,

The rallyists would cover a distance of 650km for the Rs 1-lakh prize money event.

The rally is being organised by Bengal Motor Sports Club and sponsored by National Institute of Behavioural Sciences (NIBS).

East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Nitin Madan Kulkarni would flag off the rally here.

“The rally is being held for the first time in Jharkhand. The earlier two editions were organised in Calcutta,” said Manish Chakraborty, a member of the organising panel.

He added that well-known Calcutta-based rallyists, including Sanjay Arya and Somdev Chanda, and an all-women team comprising Dipali Poddar and Shikha Saha are also part of the rally.

Besides, veretan Calcutta rallyist Sohini Saha is also taking part in the event with her father Subhash Saha as her navigator.

Chakraborty, a rallyist himself, stated that the first leg participants will arrive here tomorrow morning.

The event will be flagged off by Bengal health minister tomorrow.

About the route, he added that the rallyists would leave Calcutta and touch Kharagpur, Jhargram, Chilkigarh, Chakulia, Dalbhumgarh before reaching the steel city.

A distance of 300km will be covered by the participants during the first leg. The rallyists will depart from Jamshedpur, criss-crossing Hata, Rairangpur, Bishoi, Baripada and Digha, measuring the rest 350km, Chakraborty added.

Chakraborty, who played a key role in bringing the rally to Jharkhand, stated that the event is being organised to spread awareness about mental health.

“Leading psychiatrist of Calcutta Kedar Ranjan Bannerji, is also coming to the city tomorrow. He is also the founder of National Institute of Behavioural Sciences,” he said.

Besides Calcutta, rallyists from Haldia, Siliguri and neighbouring areas of Bengal are also taking part in the rally. Ranchi’s Ashish Budhia is also one of the participants. But for rally in the South, which clashes with the event here, more rallyists from Calcutta would have taken part in the event.

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