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Saturday , June 14 , 2014
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Record takers for TSAF monsoon outing
- 1300 entries & counting, officials mull to stop registration ahead of deadline

The monsoon may still be a week away, but it’s already raining entries for Tata Steel Adventure Foundation’s (TSAF) outdoor leadership programme.

The Jamshedpur-based foundation has been swamped with a record number of entries for its local monsoon programme, which will start on June and continue till September 18.

Over 1,300 adventure junkies, representing 10 companies and divided into 29 groups, have enrolled for the thrilling stints at Tumung and Dimna Lake — both on the outskirts of the steel city.

“We have never witnessed such rush for our monsoon event. Queries are still pouring in as we close registration on June 15. So far, the total number of entries has crossed 1,300, much more than last year’s figure of 850,” TSAF secretary P.P. Kapadia told The Telegraph.

In fact, Kapadia added, the rush was such that they were now mulling whether to stop the registration process before the stipulated date.

“If the gatherings are so huge, it will create logistical problems. We will take a call on this tomorrow (Saturday),” said Kapadia.

The 10 entities that have enrolled for the stint are Durgapur Steel Plant, Tata Steel Rural Development Society, Bokaro Steel Plant, Indian Institute of Management-Calcutta, Steel Authority of India, Rourkela Steel Plant, Corporate Sustainability Services (Tata Steel), Tayo Rolls, XLRI and Indian Iron and Steel Company.

Each of these firms will be sending one to four groups. Each group has around 40-45 members.

While Tumung, some 25km from Jamshedpur, has been earmarked for rock climbing, abseiling, caving and Tarzan swing, Dimna will host rafting, canoeing and raft-making. All the participants will stay overnight in tents at Tumung, while an island has been reserved for conducting the activities at Dimna Lake.

The Tata adventure outfit this time has introduced many changes. For instance, participants will be making rafts with barrels, bamboo and rope, unlike previous years when they used to do it with tubes.

Keeping the sudden showers in mind, the organisers will put up concrete platforms at both the venues where participants will be served piping hot food under a canopy.

“The programme helps in team building and bonding among members,” said Biren Buta, chief of Corporate Sustainability Services (Tata Steel).

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