27th Nov, 2017
THANE:The much-awaited Happy Streets Season-VI was back with a bang on Thane streets. The event got off to a spectacular start on Sunday morning with over 3,000 fitness freaks streaming into the no-vehicle zone of Gladys Alvares Road from as early as 7am.
Locals were all agog to hit the road after a gap of almost six months during the monsoons. The organisers had a plethora of activities up their sleeves for enthusiasts who were on their toes throughout.
Thane MLA Sanjay Kelkar was the first to hit the streets. He was the chief guest for the opening ceremony. As both the TMC commissioner and additional commissioner were unable to make it to the event on medical grounds, Kelkar agreed to inaugurate Happy Streets. Kelkar enthralled the onlookers with his inherent skills on the djembe at the Drum Circle. He took a tour of the entire stretch and interacted with participants. Speaking at the event he said, "I am delighted to be a part of this event that has kept residents on their toes. I heard a lot about Happy Streets and tasted its flavour today while seeing the crowd and trying my hand at various activities."
The early morning deserted road swelled to accommodate the surging crowd that came in to engage in various outdoor activities. Many were seen cycling and skating and elated with the fact that Happy Streets was finally back with the advent of winter. "This was the perfect time to start with the Sunday morning activities and people were quite excited and thrilled to quench their thirst for outdoor activities," said Ganesh Aghav, a regular at Happy Streets. Enthusiasts kicked off their Sunday morning with a fun workout session, games and entertainment programmes. The brand new season on 1.7km stretch from Vasant Vihar Junction to Happy Valley Circle had a sporty atmosphere. Kids were seen enjoying street painting, football, badminton and much more.
The Thane Municipal Corporation and Thane traffic police have taken the lead to bring Happy Streets to the lake city for the 6th time, which is supported by TOI and powered by Vijay Group and Suraksha Realty. Vijay Suraksha Art zone provided a platform to young kids by offering them fun games. Kids were exposed to the gentleman's game of gold on a specially laid mat here which was the highlight. The selfie contest was yet another crowd puller. \ Many found a chance to showcase their singing skill at the Sangeeta Academy stage. And the adrenaline rush was to be seen among the enthusiastic at the zumba stage performed by Ruth Gabriel and her troupe and dance workshop conducted by Snehasish Dance Academy. Youngsters tried to shake a leg to the beats of the music. Dance fitness at the main stage had a mix of Bollywood and English numbers which helped young kids polish their skills.
Source : timesofindia.indiatimes.com