Mangaluru: John Kuruvilla and Gautam Khot of StartupnREV have set off on a 14,216-km Bharatmala journey across India on their electric bikes to encourage youth to take part in entrepreneurship and spread the message of sustainability.
The duo along with Sourabh Kumar of PotHoleRaja, a Bengaluru based non-profit organisation that aims at getting rid of the potholes in the country, reached their first pit stop for this ride, The Avatar Hotel in Mangaluru City.
As part of this initiative, Charzer, a supporter of the event, has set up a fast-charging EV station in the hotel parking, making The Avatar Hotel the first to do so in Mangaluru.
The riders first stopped in the Alva’s Institute of Engineering and Technology to address the students about their mission. A team from The Avatar Hotel and Bikers’ Club, United Riders of Mangalore, Coastal Scooterists, and Mangalore Jawa Yezdi Club then escorted the riders to Mangaluru City. Mangalore riders on Yezdi, Vintage Scooters and KTM bikes gave a huge welcome in solidarity from the City.
Mangaluru will also have the honour of being the last stop of the journey on day 54 on March 28 as the bikes head back to Bengaluru to complete their world record attempt. The Avatar hotel plans to organise a press meet to celebrate the occasion on March 28.
Prashant Rao Aroor, Executive Director, Avatar Hotel said that the Avatar hotel welcomes the Bharatmala team and wishes them luck on the 14K km ride.