In its golden jubilee year (2021–22), RC Bilaspur, RID 3261, laid the foundation for its green project, OxyZone Pathway, at the Rotary Marg in the presence of PRIP Shekhar Mehta, Rajya Sabha MP and PDG Vivek Tankha, RI director Mahesh Kotbagi, PRID Kamal Sanghvi and IPDG Sunil Phatak.
Rotary Marg, a busy thoroughfare, was built over the global-grant-funded Project Rosemary, a 4.5km-long canal known as Jwali Nallah, constructed by the club in 2002. “We completed the canal project at a cost of ₹2.5 crore with a GG amount of ₹1.5 crore,” said Ashish Srivastava, club’s past president (2021–22). It protected the entire city from flooding during monsoons.
An LN-4 prosthetic hand fitment camp, organised in the presence of IPDG Phatak and DGN Akhil Mishra, benefitted 174 amputees from 12 states. The camp was conducted with the support of Akhil Bhartiya Viklang Chetna Parishad, Agrawal Mahasabha (Bilaspur) and guidance from a team led by Rtn Sharad Seth from RC Jamnagar. “The artificial limb fitment camp was a great accomplishment by the club in its golden jubilee year,” said Srivastava.
A year-long plantation drive with the slogan ‘Plant a tree and get oxygen free’ was taken up by the club to mark its milestone year; an RCC was set up at Jonki village; oxygen concentrators, automatic sanitisers and masks were distributed; over 500 blankets were given to rural families during winter; and Charter Day was celebrated by honouring its charter president Dr Riyazuddhin (94) and his team.