30th Nov, Sunday morning on Svenagar Street, that houses the three big Swedish companies -Sandvik, Alfa Laval and Atlas Copco, had a cheerful outlook.
Employees and their families from all Swedish companies in Pune took part in the event. They gave up their slumber to attend the two-hour long event where they strolled through vehicle-free stretches and caught up with friends and health enthusiasts.
Zumba, by Shweta Kulkarni, was the magnet that drew out many to the stage. Matching steps with the instructors who introduced fun and easy steps, allowed participants of all age groups to enjoy the activity with popular Zumba and Bollywood numbers drawing cheers as well as excitement from the crowd.
Children had a gala time playing badminton, skipping, tattoo art and taking photographs with juggler and stick man. Fitness enthusiasts tested their mettle at Sportfit’s battle rope set up while football lovers enjoyed street football.
Drum circle by Taal Inc. was another huge attraction that had people teaming up and beating the djembe. Rentfree cycles were available at the venue. Many were glued to chalk art, marbles and tops.
For those who sought relaxation on a Sunday morning, had a treat with a Meditation Zone by Heartfulness at the event.
The event also marked the announcement of development of the Svenagar Street into Swedish Avenue.
“The Swedish Avenue in Pune will be a symbol of Swedish values, innovations, sustainability and technology.It will also be a Smart Street, showcasing Swedish solutions for the beautification and maintenance of the streets.” said Ulrika Sunderg, consul general of Sweden.
A typical Swedish smart street will have solar power poles, air pollution information, recycling systems and waste management systems, recycles benches, cycling pathway, vehicle connectivity, smart transportation, information signage’s, pavements for pedestrians and CCTV.
“We have lost the connect with our streets as we just pass by in our vehicles. The Swedish Avenue concept should be expanded from the current stretch of road adjoining Swedish Companies till Nashik Phata,” said Shravan Hardikar, municipal commissioner PCMC. MLA Laxman Jagtap; standing committee chairman PCMC Seema Savale; Corporator Asha Dhaygude were also present on the occasion.
You can find photos of the event HERE