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Konark Cyclothon Curtain-Raiser held in Delhi

Bhubaneswar, Nov 19: Ahead of the 2nd edition of Konark International Cyclothon (KIC) and the ‘Let’s Pedal National Expedition 2016’which will kick off on December 17 in Odisha, a curtain-raiser event was inaugurated in New Delhi on Saturday.

Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Arjun Ram Meghawal flagged off the cyclothon where more than 100 bicycle enthusiasts, celebrities and corporate leaders participated covering 20 km from Ghitorni to India Gate via Qutub Minar.

Meghwal, who himself is a seasoned cyclist and goes to Parliament and his constituency by bicycle, said the cheering crowd, “India is a signatory to the Paris agreement and committed to reduce its carbon footprint. It’s good that the youngsters are coming forward for the green cause. The campaign ‘cycling to work’ is a welcome step in right direction.”

State Panchayati Raj and Law Minister Dr Arun Kumar Sahoo joined the closing ceremony at India Gate as chief guest.

Olympian sprinter Dutee Chand was full of praise for the organiser and said the habit of cycling increases heart functioning and keeps you fit and fine. Cycling and swimming is the best sports for fitness, said she.

Sudhir Kumar Dash, organiser of the Konark International Cyclothon, emphasised the increasing pollution in metro cities. While raising concern about road safety for cycling commuter, Dash suggested bringing a law for traffic management of pedestrian and cycling concerning road safety.

The KIC will be started from Bhubaneswar where more than 1,000 cycle enthusiasts will participate in the grand event and reach Konark, covering 90 km enrouting Dhauli, Puri, Marine drive road and some other heritage places.

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