Indore, December, 2017 : World over, efforts are on to reduce dependence on traditional fossil fuels. In India too, different options are being explored. Cycling is now seen as one of the most cost-effective option that will not only reduce our dependence on fuel, thereby reducing carbon footprint, but also provide human beings with the regimen needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Keeping this in mind, Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) in association with IndianOil, Bharat Petroleum, Hindustan Petroleum, Oil India, NRL, GAIL, ONGC, MRPL, CPCL and Indore Cycling Association will host its biggest cyclathon – Saksham Cyclothon Indore 2018- on January 21st2018 in which as many as 20,000 cyclists are likely to participate. Shri Kailash Vijayvargiya, President, Indore Cycling Association & President, Cycling Federation of India today released the official logo, website and online registration facility at a press conference organized here, in the presence of Shri Alok Tripathi, Executive Director, PCRA, Shri Vigyan Kumar, State Level Coordinator & Chief General Manager, IndianOil, Madhya Pradesh State Office and Shri R.K. Ahuja, Director (PS), PCRA.
Saksham Cyclathon Indore 2018, an initiative by Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA), a non-profit organization set up in 1978 under the aegis of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India is a platform that will create mass awareness for conservation of petroleum products.
Speaking on the occasion in which the logo and website was launched alongwith announcement of registrations, Shri Vijayvargiya praised the initiative by PCRA and Oil Industry and said this will help to spread the message of conservation of petroleum products besides saving the environment. He said that Indore is the cleanest city in India and we wish to make it healthiest city. He also said that bicyle symbolizes three Es i.e. Efficiency, Environment & Economy. Expressing optimism he said this year we will try to surpass our own record of last year’s cyclothon in which 17,000 cyclists had participated.
Alok Tripathi said one should use cycle to commute for smaller distances. By doing this they will breathe better and keep our environment clean.
Earlier, Vigyan Kumar in his welcome address said cycling is not only a good medium of exercise but also a medium for socio-environmental tool to spread a message of fuel conservation.