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Gurugram basks in spirit of independence with sports, cultural programmes

In the spirit of freedom, societies in Gurugram unfurled the tricolour which was followed by marathons, cultural programmes and felicitation of staff members for their exceptional work

gurgaon Updated: Aug 16, 2018 05:00 IST
Leena Dhankhar
Leena Dhankhar
Hindustan Times, Gurugram
Hundreds of bikers participated in the Yuva Vishal Tiranga Yatra as part of the Independence Day celebration at Nirvana Country, Sector 50, in Gurugram, India, on Wednesday, August 15, 2018.
Hundreds of bikers participated in the Yuva Vishal Tiranga Yatra as part of the Independence Day celebration at Nirvana Country, Sector 50, in Gurugram, India, on Wednesday, August 15, 2018. (Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)
         

l complexes, residents organized various activities, on Wednesday, to mark 72 years of India’s independence.

In the spirit of freedom, societies unfurled the tricolour which was followed by marathons, cultural programmes and felicitation of staff members for their exceptional work.

The cultural programmes, which included skits and dances on the countrymen’s struggle for freedom, and painting and singing competitions on similar themes, gave celebrations more communal, promoting brotherhood in the society.

Residents of DLF-5 organised ‘Freedom Run’ for residents from different condominiums.

Over 1,300 people, including many expats who live in the area, sang the national anthem and then ran 5km, from Club-5 to The Crest on Golf Course Road, with the tricolour in their hands.

A rolling trophy between DLF-5’s 13 condominiums was awarded to The Princeton Estate, Club5 Drive, for maximum participation in the run. The ceremony ended with residents releasing hundreds of helium-filled balloons in the sky.

At Nirvana Country, Sector 50, a special award ceremony was organized for the society’s domestic help, security guards and other non-managerial staff members, who ensure the society functions smoothly around the year.

Visually impaired students from Captain Chandan Lal Special Middle School for Blind, Behrampur, Sector 71, basked in the spirit of independence at the Fresco Apartment.

“Many students practiced vigorously with other residents for a month for the event,” RWA president Nilesh Tandon said.

At DLF Phase-2, the security guards of the general area were invited to unfurl the national flag in the presence of about 500 residents. After the flag hoisting ceremony, residents enjoyed a cultural event at the local community centre. “We are delighted that a larger number of residents participated this year. We are proud to be a truly connected colony,” RWA general secretary Gaurav Wahi said.

Residents of Vatika India Next, Sector 82, held a painting competitions and distributed kites among residents—a tradition unique to New Delhi and surrounding towns.

Residents in some areas used the day to raise their voice and reiterate their demands.

At Monsoon Breeze in Sector 78, residents pledged to care for the planet and carried out a green drive within the campus.

“Although this area is ignored by the authorities, we have pledged to free it from the Kherki Daula Toll Plaza this August 15,” resident Deepak Bansal said.

The residents of new sectors along the Dwarka Expressway took out a protest rally christened ‘Prabhat Pheri’ against the government’s failure to shift the Kherki Daula toll plaza, non- completion of the expressway and failure to connect it with National Highway-48.

Meanwhile, the district administration organized the I-Day celebrations at Tau Devi Lal stadium, where state urban local bodies minister Kavita Jain unfurled the national flag and saluted the parade, after which she honoured 43 persons for excellence in different fields.

Students from different schools, police personnel and cadets from the NCC and NSS, among social activists, who had been practising songs, dances and their acrobatic skills for weeks, gave a flawless performance, which earned them a rousing round of applause.

First Published: Aug 16, 2018 05:00 IST