“While making us aware about the upcoming Commonwealth Games, the rally also sensitised us about the environment,” said Shweta Sinha, a student of Kasturba Polytechnic for Women.
Sinha was among the 250 students and 50 faculty members from 15 technical institutes in the Capital who participated in the Commonwealth Games Awareness Cycle Rally on Sunday.
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit flagged off the 15-km cycle rally from Rajghat. The rally was organised by Delhi Knowledge Development Foundation under the Department of Training and Technical Education (DTTE).
It started at 9 am from Rajghat and covered Ajmeri Gate, Paharganj, Ranj Jhansi Marg, Old Baraf Khana, Tees Hazari, ISBT, Mori Gate, G.P.O. and Red Fort before culminating at Rajghat.
V.K. Jain, Additional Secretary, DTTE, said, “The purpose behind this cycle rally is manifold - it aims to create awareness about the Games, sportsman spirit as well as the use of cycle.”
Jain added that the rally aimed at encouraging the use of cycle at least for short distances could also help fight pollution.
The CM said, “The rally not only involves fun and enjoyment but also encourages the sporting spirit.”
“It will motivate the people of Delhi to connect with the upcoming Games and take up cycling, as a healthy means of transportation.”
All students participating in the rally were provided sports kits comprising tracksuit, cap and shoes and refreshments. Those who successfully completed the rally were awarded participation certificates by Jain.
The institutes that took part were Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology, Ambedkar Institute of Technology, G B Pant Engineering College, Jaffarpur Engineering College, Guru Nanak Dev Polytechnic and Bhai Parmanand Institute of Business Studies, etc. Kasturba Polytechnic for Women and Meera Bai Polytechnic for Women were also part of the rally.