Itanagar: Jyothi Rongala, a spirited and energetic young woman from the southern district of East Godavari in Andhra Pradesh, reached Pasighat, headquarters of East Siang district, on Friday in her cashless bicycle ride. She aims to get herself enrolled in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Jyothi, 35, started her mission in 2017 with a message that “Indian Roads are Safe for Women” and has already covered 18 States and two Union Territories on bicycle. Her ride was disrupted for around a year due to an accident in a rock climbing programme. However, that accident failed to stop this highly confident and brave lady toward achieving her cherished goal.
“My humble intention is to prove that Indian streets are safe for women traveller and its people are very rich in hospitality. My journey is unsupported and cashless and I have never availed any government accommodation or hotels. I took shelter in the residences of my well-wishers or in temples or Gurudwaras”, said Jyoti, who used to cover 100-km per day in her bicycle journey. She is a mountaineering instructor by profession under the Ministry of Defence and holds high passion in taking up adventurous work. She said that she had already covered those areas and villages which are said to be most dangerous for women’s safety point of view. On reaching Pasighat, she said that people of the North-east in general and Arunachal Pradesh in particular are very friendly and hospitable. Her mission to cover a distance of 30,000 km by setting a world record was admired by many including retired commissioner Gonesh Koyu, the host to Rongala in Pasighat.
When asked how it is possible for her to cover such tiresome distances on bicycle alone without any cash, she informed that often she gets some good people who help her stay at their houses and offer food, or else she manages herself to stay in temples and other public places.
“In cities, there are many people, but none of them offer me anything to eat, but in small villages and towns here in the North-east, offers of hospitality are great. However, I didn’t face any atrocities and problem from anyone while travelling in night time which also proves that all Indian roads are safe for women”, added Rongala.
After reaching Pasighat, the young lady on bicycle left for other northeastern States like Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland via Roing in Dibang Valley district of Arunachal Pradesh through Sadia, Assam. She is planning to wrap up her mission by 2020 as she has already covered around 15,000 km till date.