Despite the drizzle, there was no dearth of enthusiasm among the hundreds of young cyclists, mostly schoolchildren, who participated in a cycle rally on the eve of Independence Day. It was flagged off by area councillor Shashi Tomar, from Central Park, Sector 13B, Dwarka, at 7 am.
The rally, christened Greenothon, was organised by an NGO, Greenlco Eco Foundation, to mark the 70th year of independence. The intent was to focus on the theme of a pollution-free environment. From amateurs to enthusiasts to national-level champions, children from all age groups participated in the rally to support the cause of a cleaner environment.
The rally followed the route through sectors 17, 18, 9, 71, 3, 4, 6, 11, 12, 13 and 14, and then back to the start. Hundreds of cyclists with the tricolour on their handles could be seen negotiating the wet roads. The tracks were marked by directional arrows. Delhi Traffic Police ensured that safety was maintained. The Cycling Federation of India, too, supported the initiative.
Kapil Kishore Saxena, founder and director of Greenlco Eco Foundation, and a resident of Om Apartments of Sector 14, said, “Our slogan was: ‘Milay azaadi pollution se! milay azaadi kachre se!’ Through this event, we were trying to promote cycling as a viable means of pollution-free transport. We will organise more such events in Dwarka in the future.”