TANGLA: In a bizarre expedition journey across the length and breadth of the nation, Bengaluru-based 32-year-old fitness trainer Jothi Viknesh has set out on a 30,000-km expedition on his three-wheeler electric powered e-rickhsaw in an attempt to enter his name into the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest distance travelled in an e-rickshaw.
Viknesh with his Mahindra Trio is currently stationed at Tangla town of Udalguri district on Tuesday. Talking exclusively with this correspondent he said, " I am travelling solo to preach the message of 'Pollution-Free India' and have already covered 11,800 kms distance covering Karnataka , Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Odisha, Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Tripura and Nagaland. The current Guinness Record is for 20,000 kms and I want to break it by making it 30,000 kms."
He further asserted that the most fascinating part of his journey is the colourful people and their diverse culture and food habits which have made him fall in love with the Northeastern part of the country. Referring to the challenges Vignesh said, "The e-rickhsaw needs to be charged for four hours which provides an output of 100-120 kms per full charge and the biggest challenge is to find charging points which is almost non-existent in the country and I have to rely upon generous people for charging the vehicle and also for food and shelter on many occasions."
Further tipping travel enthusiasts he said, "The only message to travellers is that never be in a rush, take it slow and easy and people must stay in a place to explore and absorb the culture and tradition of the place."