JAMMU: Residents from all walks of life including women and children on Friday took part in a 10-km public bicycle rally organised by Jammu Smart City Limited (JSCL) to observe ‘World Bicycle Day’. The ‘Cyclothon’ was flagged off by Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) Mayor Chandar Mohan Gupta along with Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Ramesh Kumar and Chief Executive Officer, JSCL, IAS, Rahul Yadav from Kala Kendra, Jammu.
Deputy Mayor Advocate Purnima Sharma, Additional CEO, JSCL, Hitesh Gupta; TO to CEO S L Kapoor; General Manager, Civil Harvinder Singh; General Manager, Tarun Sharma; General Manager, Ashish Anand and JMC councillors Dinesh Gupta, Amit Gupta were present on the occasion. Scores of bicycle lovers including men and women, covered around 10 KM stretch from Kala Kendra-KC Chowk- Satwari and returned to the start point.
The rally was part of the union government’s initiative to encourage people towards cycling and was organised in consultation with Smart City Mission, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) and Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports. “Such rallies should be organised more frequently to encourage people to adopt a healthy lifestyle,” the JMC Mayor said.
He added that this will help to achieve the goal of Swach Jammu, Swasth Jammu. Divisional Commissioner, Ramesh Kumar said that cycling has immense benefits. ” Cycling will not only promote a healthy lifestyle but also play a critical role in reducing pollution levels from the city,” he added.
Speaking on the occasion, Rahul Yadav aware participants about the benefits of cycling and highlighted how the pollution levels could be reduced if more and more people use cycles. “The rally is an initiative to bring all cycle enthusiasts under one roof and educate them about the eco-friendly mode of transport,” he said.
He also informed people about Public Bicycle Sharing system launched by Jammu Smart City Limited. “Anyone can use cycle in the city as many docking stations, each with 10 bicycles, are established at important locations. The users have to pay minimum charges for the usage,” he said.
“This has been an incredible experience. We are very happy to get such a warm response from people. There were people from all walks of life and it is good to see that people are aware of the immense benefit of cycling,” Hitesh Gupta said. Later, Deputy Mayor Purnima Sharma distributed certificates among participants. She hailed the Jammu Smart City Limited for the initiative and asked people to pedal more frequently for a healthy lifestyle.