Members of Youth Hostels Association of India at a meeting in Bokaro earlier this week. (Pankaj Singh)
Bokaro youngsters can get ready for some adrenaline rush.
The Youth Hostels Association of India (YHAI) has forayed into the steel town, promising to pep up lives with a host of adventure sports and expeditions. It will launch a hostel in Bokaro too.
The association, which has presence in three other cities of Jharkhand, namely Ranchi, Jamshedpur and Hazaribagh, has opened only two hostels in the state — one at Hotel Anjali in Ranchi and another at Hotel Boulevard, Jamshedpur.
“We are now chalking out plans so that camps for adventure sports like paragliding, parasailing and cycle expedition can be organised during or ahead of summer. As tickets have to be booked in advance, we need to complete putting together a committee for YHAI’s Bokaro chapter,” said well-known volleyball player Jaideep Sarkar, who has been appointed convener of the organisation’s Bokaro unit.
Another meeting will be held on Sunday, where the modalities will be thrashed out.
Sarkar, who is posted in the sports department of Bokaro Steel Limited as a volleyball coach, further said as of now, YHAI members, who would come from across the country to take part in expeditions in the steel city, would put up at Yuvraj Hotel in Bokaro’s Sector IV.
“Our members, who want to visit any place in the country having YHAI hostels, first need to check availability of rooms. If there are vacant beds at our hostels, accommodation will be definitely provided at concessional rates,” said Shivendra Dubey, chairman of YHAI, Jharkhand.
According to Sarkar, the presence of several CBSE schools in Bokaro and the residential colony structure make it easy to bring all cradles under one roof for any event. “Thus, YHAI, once fully functional here, will be able to organise a number of programmes, particularly adventure sports for school students in Bokaro,” he said.
He went on to add that with the CBSE board increasingly giving weightage to all-round development of students, the association would play a pivotal role in achieving that aim.
“The Dumka chapter of YHAI is also at the formation stage,” Sarkar said.
A non-profit social outfit, Youth Hostels Association of India has altogether 78 hostels across the country and focusses on promoting tourism, social and cultural understanding, a clean environment besides setting up youth hostels and conducting adventure programmes.