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Monsoon adventure beckons

- Tata Steel outfit to host outdoor leadership programme from June 20

Monsoon may be days away, but there’s no stopping that adrenaline rush.

Yes, Tata Steel Adventure Foundation (TSAF) is back with its annual outdoor leadership programme from June 20 to September 18.

Five entities have already send in over 700 names, who will be taking part in a host of activities starting from rock climbing to river rafting at Tumung and Dimna Lake on the steel city’s outskirts. The number is expected to swell, as the registration window is open till June 15. Last year, as many as 850 adventure junkies had taken part in the programme.

“Queries are still pouring in. We are sure that the number of people joining our monsoon programme will cross 1,000 before the June 15 deadline. We will make elaborate arrangements for the participants,” promised TSAF secretary P.P. Kapadia.

The five entities who have registered for the programme are XLRI-Jamshedpur, Durgapur Steel Plant, Rourkela Steel Plant, Indian Institute of Management-Calcutta and Steel Authority of India-Calcutta.

“In all, 18 groups comprising around 40-45 members each will be taking part till now. While XLRI is sending a maximum of eight groups, Durgapur Steel Plant will be represented by seven. There will be one group each from IIM-Calcutta, SAIL and Rourkela,” Kapadia added.

Each group will stay anchored at Tumung for two days and at Dimna for one day. A rocky address located some 25km from Jamshedpur, Tumung will host rock climbing, abseiling, caving, Tarzan swing and other fun games. Dimna, known for its picturesque lake around 10km away from the steel city, has been reserved for raft-making and rafting. The adventure enthusiasts will camp overnight in tents at Tumung while an island has been earmarked for conducting the activities at Dimna Lake.

The experience this year promises to be different as the Tata foundation has brought in a lot of changes. For instance, participants will be making rafts with barrels, bamboo and rope and not tubes.

“We introduced barrels as they are stronger and better than tubes, which have high chances of getting punctured. Barrels, rope and bamboos will be provided by us,” Kapadia said.

Another first are the concrete platforms, which will be built at both the venues for the convenience of participants.

“They will also get to enjoy piping hot food sitting under a canopy spread over the 30x40ft platform. Earlier, they used to face problems eating in the open. The canopies are removable,” a TSAF functionary said.

“This stint is open for all students of business management and human resource management programmes. In fact, we see the programme as a team-building exercise, where our students learn to tackle situations they had never faced before. Through this exercise, we also get to know the natural leaders in the groups,” said Anurag Upadhyay, a senior executive member of Sportscomm, XLRI.

Participants will be ferried to the venues via buses from TSAF office at JRD Tata Sports Complex.

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