Reclaim the Streets with Raahgiri

  • Anupreet Kaur, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Apr 27, 2015 15:30 IST

While the summers are in, nothing deterred the spirit of tri-city residents from being a part of the weekly street event Raahgiri on Sunday morning at the New Lake, Sector 42, Chandigarh. From kids to senior citizens, everyone participated in various fun activities including yoga, aerobics, Zumba, dancing session, badminton, hula-hoop, skating and games.

he poster-making and slogan writing competitions were the highlight of the event. More than 100 people, including children, participated in it. The theme was to share their opinion about Raahgiri or any other important issue in the form of slogan or drawing. Mankirat Sandhu (8), Sanghamitra Maithani (10) and Kinjal Chandel (10) were declared as winners. In addition, there were dance and singing performances by the students of Theatre Age, a local NGO.

Talking about the initiative, Mohali-based Deepshikha said, “Raahgiri is a complete entertainment package. Yoga, aerobics and games are the best part of this event.”

Rent-free bicycles were provided on the spot to children and other people to promote cycling. Anil Batra, a resident of Sector 42, Chandigarh, said, “Due to work pressure, we rarely get time for cycling. Cycling culture has to be initiated. In China, many high rank professionals travel office in cycles. This helps in decreasing traffic. So, Raahgiri is a great platform to promote cycling.”

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