Sidharth Sankar Dash runs 500 km; in the period between September and October last year, Sidharth Sankar Dash experienced a 27 per cent (pc) spike in road accident deaths compared to the same period in 2019, drawing wrath from the Supreme Court Committee on road safety.
About 872 people died in road mishaps in 2020 during that time, 684 cases were caused in 2019 between September and October.
When the state government perceived the need to spread awareness of road safety concerns, Dhenkanal’s Sidharth Sankar Dash chose to raise awareness.
Sidharth Sankar Dash runs 500 km
The former Armyman who is now 37-year-old is running 500-km marathon arranged by the State Transport Authority (STA) to raise public awareness regarding healthy road use in seven districts – Khurda, Puri, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Dhenkanal and Angul.
He ran via Jagatsinghpur on Saturday, where he visited children and their parents at different locations and talked to them regarding the need to obey traffic laws.
Remembering an accident of a motorcyclist who was run over by a train in level crossing while his posting in Delhi, he advised people to follow road regulations even though they were late in the reach of their targets by a few minutes.
Sidharth Sankar Dash runs 500 km to spread message on road safety in Odisha and was followed by a service vehicle with posters to make the state safe from accidents with messages that follow traffic laws.
Originally born in the village of Govindpur, in Dhenkanal’s Marthapur Gram Panchayat, Dash started the marathon on 11 Feb 2021 at the Capital City Stadium in Kalinga which were banned by the STA Commissioner for Transport Sanjeeb Panda’s Chairman.
During two phases of 50 km each, 30 km from 6 am to 9 am and 20 km after 15.30, Dash takes rest in either lodges or police stations at night.
He visited some areas of Puri and Jagatsinghpur and prepares for a three-day tour of the districts of Dhenkanal and Cuttack before heading back to the district of Bhubaneswar on 20 February.
Farmer’s son Dash
A farmer’s son, Dash entered the Army in 2003 when he graduated in Dhenkanal district from Jiral College.
He left halfway to join the Artillery Regiment as an officer, then graduated in 2013. Over his 17 year service in Punjab and Oodlabari in Western Bengal, Dash was stationed in numerous locations such as Nashik, Sagar, Madhya Pradesh, Akhnoor, Srinagar, Jammu and Ferozepur, and across all of his occupations.
Since he retired in September 2020, he and three of his friends headed to his home town to form a group of Pride Runners and Cyclists to build an intention of running and cycling within youth. He has opened up a workout room in his village, where he now spends all his time.
Dash claims the object of his marathons ought to have a purpose. In November last year, he raced between Dhenkanal and Bhubaneswar to acknowledge Corona Warriors’ initiatives to counter the pandemic.
On the occasion of the 73rd Independence Day in 2019, he had devoted a marathon to Bhubaneswar from Dhenkanal, commemorating late mountain rider Kalpana Dash.
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