Jagriti Yatra, the annual train journey with 450 brilliant young minds, covers 8000 kms, travels to 12 destinations, and the Yatris meet 8 role models, all in just 15 days. Conducting this magnanimous journey is a herculean task. The reflection of dedication and passion of a group of dynamic individuals results in the most inspirational train journey being a success every year.
The Engine Room Club, aka ERC, is an extended team of the Organization Committee in which the members are selected from a wide pool of ex-yatris who wholeheartedly volunteers close to a month for the greater good.
The Yatra is a logistical nightmare in itself. However, the effective coordination and operational expertise between various teams such as Punctuality, Transportation, Advance Party, and Crowd Management ensures the smooth functioning of the Jagriti Yatra Train.
The name pretty much says it all. Timing is everything in rail carriage movement. A slight delay here would mean an exponential error at the other end.
The train passes through 10 different railway zones which are further segregated into a multitude of railway divisions. The team coordinates with the different zone and division offices to make sure clearance for proper and timely movement of the train is obtained. The team manages it perfectly every year, so that delays never spoil the spirit of the journey.
The team comprising of Vinod Lokku and Nakul Gupta as the clock-watchers will make sure the 2015 Yatra reaches each destination in time. Vinod, a 2014 Yatri, is an engineer by education and has developed a social service mobile app called Bharatiyam. Nakul Gupta is an entrepreneur too and a proud Yatri of 2014.
Advance Party Team
While the punctuality team manages the permissions and timely movement of train, the advance party travels to the stations before the train reaches there and confirms zone clearances. Moreover, they look into the arrangements made at each alighting station to give a warm welcome to the Yatris. Ganesh, Sumit and Aditya conjoin to make the Advance Party Team this year.
Sumit Khude, a 2010 Yatri, has been an integral part of ERC since 2011. He is a successful professional and a travel enthusiast. Ganesh Modkar, working as ACP with Central Police, is a chemical engineer from IIT. Aditya, a Yatri of 2013, holds a Masters in Social Work and a Gandhian Fellowship.
Once the train reaches the destination, the main task is to safely move the 450 Yatris to the destinations, which could be well above an hours’ drive. The Transportation Team starts its work well before the Yatra in talking to the bus owners and arranging local transport. Sagar Unde, a 2013 Yatri and an ERC last year, make sure the buses reach the pickup points on time.
Hailing from Maharashtra, Sagar is now in the JY train for the third consecutive year, but his excitement about the train journey does not seem to set down, for he believes the experience is different each time.
Crowd Management Team
Imagine managing five members of your family to get into the vehicle after shopping? Rather difficult right? Now imagine 450+ people from different backgrounds! Well, the logistics of 450 odd yatris from a single train to 12 buses within ten minutes is the daunting task that Manish, along with Tushar, Pooja and Hariprasad, will manage efficiently this year.
Manish, the wanderlust from Indore, works for Reliance Petroleum Project as a trainer, and is pretty good in dealing with people. Tushar, the founder of the start-up Fasket and an engineer from IIT (BHU), is voluntarily in for crowd management. Next in the team is Hariprasad, another young professional from Hyderabad who was a Yatri in 2014. Pooja hails from Deoria, and has earned applause as a successful rural entrepreneur in handicrafts product making.
Indeed, it is a fight against time to make this incredible journey a reality every year, and it is the proper planning and incessant commitment of the teams that makes JY an impeccable event every year! Hats off to your dedication!