Four tribal students from Chandrapur District scaled the Mount Everest – the world’s higest mountain – on Wednesday. The students, belonging to different tribal residential schools of Chandrapur, are part of a 10 member team of tribal students, who were selected by Maharashtra Tribal Department and Chandrapur Collectorate for ‘Mission Shourya’ – an expedition to the Mount Everest.
The students who have scaled the mountain include Umakant Madavi (19), Parmesh Aale (19), Manisha Dhurve (18) and Kavidas Katmode (18). While Kavidas and Umakant reached the peak of the mountain at 3.25 am, Parmesh and Manisha reached the summit at 4.25 am and 4.35 am respectively. As per a report in The Indian Express, two other students from the team – Vikas Soyam and Indu Kannake – will try to reach the summit on May 17 and May 18 respectively.
Out of the ten students, two had to return to Chandrapur as they suffered from altitude sickness. The remaining two will try to scale the mountain depending upon their fitness and weather conditions. All the ten students went through an 18-month long training at various places before finally starting their Everest mission.
Sudhir Mungantiwar, the Maharashtra Minister for Finance and Planning and Forest departments, has congratulated the entire team terming the feat as an ‘historic achievement,’ which has brought fame to Chandrapur District.