Assistant road transport officer to cycle 306km to join duty in Surendranagar

Vadodara: An assistant road transport officer (ARTO) based in Dahod has decided to cycle over 300 kilometres to join duty at a new location after his transfer. The officer is doing this for promoting a healthy lifestyle and creating awareness on road safety.
ARTO Tahir Dantroliya (57) may be nearing retirement, but his fitness may embarrass many youngsters. Apart from cycling, Dantroliya has keen interest in river rafting, trekking, mountaineering, badminton, volleyball and many other adventure sports.

His adventures took him to the testing trek of Mount Everest base camp in October. He is also fond of horse riding and had stood second in the 20km endurance championship during All India Horse Show in Ahmedabad.
When he was transferred to Surendranagar from Dahod recently, Dantroliya decided to travel 306km to Surendranagar on his bicycle. Top government officials from Dahod remained present to flag him off on Tuesday.

Dantroliya will be reaching Surendranagar on Thursday. On his way, he was felicitated in Godhra on Tuesday.
Dantroliya said he had kept his life vibrant by taking up different activities even at an old age. Dantroliya said government officials should take up such activities along with their duties. "This will keep them happy and fit and will also increase their productivity.

They will not find their work a burden and will not even realize that they have reached the retirement age of 58 years," he said.
Dantroliya's adventures will not end with the cycling trip to Surendranagar.

In January, he is planning to go on Chadar trek in Ladakh where he will trek 60km on a frozen river in sub-zero temperatures.

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