Chandigarh Police organised a car and bike rally on Sunday to focus on traffic rules and safety. The Rally of Chandigarh was led by 93 super-bikes and rally motorcycles. These were followed by 163 super-cars,luxury cars and rally cars.
The rally was flagged off from the parking opposite Government Museum and Art Gallery,Sector 10. Trained professionals performed a stunt show on two cars and six motorcycles. These stunts,however,raised some eyebrows as some people felt that it would inspire youngsters to perform such dangerous stunts.
It is an official sport in many countries. There is a difference between miscreants and professional riders. We understand the traffic rules and abide by it. However,general perception is that anyone with a fancy bike is a miscreant and does not care about law. We use proper gear while riding and we respect the law of the land. Rallies of such kind will help to dispel misconceptions, said Akii Sidhwani,member of Chandigarh Bullet Club.
UT Senior Superintendent of Police Naunihal Singh said the rally was a symbolic gesture to focus on the issues associated with a safe city. It is vital for youths and all motorists to obey traffic rules and ensure safety of women in all areas, said Naunihal. After the flag off,the rally went around Matka Chowk and reached the Panjab University (PU) campus.
While appealing to the students to obey the traffic rules and avert any road accidents,PU vice-chancellor Professor Arun Grover said,The country recently lost a leading scientist and a former president of Indian Academy of Sciences (IASc),Bangalore,Professor Obaid Siddiqui in a road accident. PU too had lost a student last year,who had succumbed to injuries in a road accident.
The rally moved on the inner roads of Sectors 11 and 10,after which it came to Madhya Marg to proceed towards Elante Mall. This was followed by a small skit presented by Infosys Rangmanch. The skit focused on the safety of women,and encouraged them to fight sexual harassment.
The rally ended with the pledge taken by the visitors to ensure a safe city,safe driving,safety of women and respect for law in all areas.