Bhubaneswar: The Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) on Saturday felicitated at least 35 young boys and girls (peer leaders) for providing support to community members both during evacuation and also during post cyclone relief work of severe cyclonic storm Fani that hit the State on May 3.
BSCL Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Prem Chandra Choudhury felicitated the young peer leaders (pragati sathis) and hailed them for extending support to the people during natural calamity.
BSCL General Manager (Administration) Saroj Swain said, “Unless the youth of a country is aware of its rights and responsibilities no society can prosper.” He appreciated the efforts of the Socially Smart Project that has created a forum for youths of Bhubaneswar to take leadership to the next level.
BSCL General Manager (Social Projects) Dipti Rani Sahu also addressed the participants and congratulated them for their efforts.
On the day around 6 am, calls were made to all the field coordinators, active peer leaders and project managers to ensure that people have moved to the shelters from slums and no person who lives in a “katcha” house stays back during the wind/cyclone period.
It was the last minute effort of the young peer leaders and Humara Bachpan Trust team that helped to evacuate around 16 slums to the nearby temporary cyclone shelters opened by the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) thereby averting a substantial amount of human loss.
Cyclone Fani has ripped through the capital city leaving trail devastation.