Solo bicycle rider Gadam Ramu has set out from Hindupur in Anantapur district to Ichcpauram in Srikakulam district on a 2000 km cycle yatra to spread awareness among people about the adverse impact of privatization of the Visakhapatnam Steel plant (VSP). Ramu (33), manager in an automobile company, started from Hindupur on March 14 and reached Kurmannapalem junction in Vizag on Saturday. Ramu told Hello Vizag the support and love extended by the people en route has made him forget the travails he underwent, especially while cycling through Nallamala forest in Nandyal and Giddalur road and a 10-km ghat road in Gandikota.
“I am doing my bit to the society. As I have the experience of taking part in expeditions for the past three years, I chose to reach out to people on my bicycle,” he said. He said he began the cycle expedition so that he can reach maximum people through interpersonal communication. Ramu also wanted to spread awareness about abnormal hikes in fuel prices, apart from the VSP issue. He has been getting good support from his wife and two children. He said he was skeptical whether he could complete the 2,000 km expedition.
“I am carrying a charging light to guide me in the night. It is only due to inspiration given by people that I could successfully complete the expedition without a hitch,” Ramu said. “I am thankful to those who extended me a warm welcome at all places. During my 20-day cycle yatra, you won’t believe, I spent Rs 1,500 till now, since food and shelter were provided by the people wherever I went, I urged whoever I came across to join the steel agitation to make it a united struggle against privatization. It is the social responsibility of people,” Ramu said.
What he understood through the cycle yatra was that the people were n no mood to accept the steel plant’s privatization. People that He said he has 33,000 followers on t Youtube, adding he educating the people that the centre was trying to privatise the steel plant c hand it over to the Adani and Ambani groups. This apart, employees will not only lose their job security but also the number of employees will reduce by half.
He said he has a love for history and is curious to know the cultures of different regions. He said he toured several states and 12 countries. As he is in a marketing field, “I travel quite frequently,” he said. He wanted to mix the cycle expedition with a social cause. Ramu’s 2,000-km yatra ended at Ichchapuram. He visited the relay hunger strike camp at Kurmannapalem where he was welcomed by the steel employees.