Bangalore, Dec 18 (UNI) Sunila Jayaraj, the lone participant from India in the 15,400 mile-marathon organised by Blue Planet Run Foundation (BPRF), has expressed his desire to start a 'rain centre' in his parched home district of Kolar.
Talking to newspersons here today, Sunila's father and former Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Ltd (KPTCL) Director Jayaraj wanted him to start the centre, not only for providing safe drinking water but also to impart training in safe water management.
Sunila was one among the 20 selected from 13 countries to participate in the marathon, which was flagged off from New York on June one and ended on September 4.
''The event did not carry any prize but was for a cause. The Foundation aims at creating awareness about the need for safe water.
The marathon covered 16 countries, spreading the message of 'clean and safe drinking water','' he said.
The 29-year-old, in the Foundation's website, had stated that ''every literate and fortunate citizen is obliged to bring hope to the less fortunate by helping to get them the basic necessities, such as safe drinking water.'' With a Doctoral degree in environmental fluid mechanics (flood-related issues in developing countries) at Eastern Michigan University to his credit, he had been appointed as Assistant Professor.