The Central Pollution Control Board’s data from 2002-2014 shows that all major cities in North and Central India, including Delhi and Surat, have recorded a rise in particulate matter higher than that of major metropolitan cities around the world. Air pollution from particulate matter is extremely dangerous because it causes chronic respiratory disease and lung cancer in humans.
Leading by example to encourage people to be more eco-friendly and switch to sustainable practices, 258 grooms will, on November 7, arrive at their wedding venue on cycles along with their relatives in Surat.
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This initiative will be a part of the 58th mass marriage ceremony organised by a community organisation called Saurastra Patel Seva Samaj.
Traditionally, grooms arrive at their wedding venues on horses or in cars, with a large procession of friends and relatives trailing behind them on foot. But these environment-conscious grooms have decided to pedal to the wedding along with community leaders in order to create awareness about traffic congestion and air pollution.
The procession will begin at 8.30 am from Saurastra Bhavan in Varachha and end at Lok Samarpan Raktadan Kendra.
According to reports, Kanji Bhalala, president of Saurastra Patel Seva Samaj, said, “We appeal for more people to join in the yatra as Surat has been selected among top 20 smart cities. People should be more conscious about health, traffic and pollution. We need to increase the use of cycles to reduce pollution and improve health.”