Amitabh Bachchan flags off bike rally for tiger conservation

Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who has been appointed as the ambassador for Maharashtra’s ‘Save the Tiger’ campaign, has flagged off a bike from his office premise ‘Janak’ in Juhu.

The event which was also attended by state forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar was held on Saturday morning to promote eco tourism and Tiger conservation.

Speaking on the occasion the 73-year-old actor said, “Being an ambassador, it’s my privilege to flag off the rally. Lot of people will get information about the cause with this rally. These bikers will ride seven days in different locations and will do publicity and will tell the people how to save the tiger.”

The seven-day rally will pass through Melghat, Pench, Navegaon-Nagzira and Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserves and will also promote eco-tourism and thereby help in generating employment in the long run.

“The bikers will visit villages located near tiger reserves. They will interact with the people living in the vicinity of these reserves and explain to them the importance of forests and conservation of wild animals,” said Mungantiwar.

The week-long rally started its journey from Juhu with 20 bikers of Riding Knights group, while three other bikers will join from Nagpur. All the bikers hold executive positions in corporate sectors and had volunteered themselves to contribute towards tiger conservation, the minister revealed.

These bikers will not only travel to the four tiger reserves in the state but will travel 1000 kilometers to the final destination Tadoba Tiger reserve in Chandrapur.

As per as 2014 census, Maharashtra is home to 190 tigers. The state has recorded a steady rise in tiger count - from 103 in 2006 to 169 in 2010 and 190 in 2014.