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Dharmendra Pradhan leads “Saksham Cyclothon” in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar, February 4, 2018: Around 10,000 people from different walks of life on Sunday participated in the “Saksham Cyclothon,” the first of its kind premier Cyclothon event, aimed at making people aware of the need to conserve oil and gas here.

Union Petroleum and Natural Gas and Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Minister Dharmendra Pradhan flagged the cyclothon named ‘Green and Fun Ride.’

Being organised under the banner of "Saksham Cyclothon" Bhubaneswar, the event will be held in three categories - 33 kilometre Elite race (men category), 22 km Elite race (women category) and 11 km green ride rally.

The Union Minister flagged off the initiative at the Kalinga Stadium here in the presence of a host of Olywood actors and athletes.

Sports personalities like first Odia Arjun awardee Minati Mohapatra -cyclist, Hockey player VR Raghunath, Athelete Amiya Kumar Mallik, cricketer Paresh Patel from Odisha, cricketer Munaf Patel, tennis player Poulomi Ghatak and others, Odia cine star Mihir Dash, Anu Choudhury, Sabyasachi Mishra and Archita Sahu joined the programme.

The Union Minister administered the Saksham Pledge and he himself led the 11-km ‘Green and Fun Ride’ amidst great excitement and fan-fare to create awareness for cycle.

Pradhan appealed to all citizens to join in the movement for conserving the finite petroleum resources through practicing simple, easily implementable tips while using petroleum products in cooking, transport, agriculture and industries to extract maximum utilization and efficiency.

The winner in the Elite (Men’s) category, Rajesh from Tamil Nadu won a cash prize of Rs 1.25 lakh, while the Elite Women’s championship Rutuja won Rs 1 lakh.

Cash prize totalling Rs 6 lakhs were awarded across various categories. In addition, 50 cycles were distributed to the participants through a lucky draw.

The event is being organized by Petroleum Conservation and Research Association (PCRA), and supported by the oil companies like IOCL, BPCL, HPCL, ONGC, GAIL, OIL, MRPL, CPCL, NRL and IGL with technical guidance from Cycling Federation of India. Another more than 70 such cyclothons are planned pan-India over the next two to three months to sensitize the country to adopt the ideology of conservation for a greener environment.

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