It was a celebration with a difference. Wearing saffron and green t-shirts to celebrate the 66th Republic Day, over 200 cyclists took to the city roads on Monday afternoon. The theme of the cycle rally was ‘clean and green Ludhiana’.
The Ludhiana Pedallers Club, created by a group of industrialists, took out the rally on Monday asking the masses to take up responsibility to reduce pollution in the city. The rally was flagged off by Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria and Onkar Singh Pahwa, who is MD of Avon Cycles Limited.
The members rode on bicycles for about two hours and covered a distance of over 25 kilometres. The rally ended at Sarabha Nagar market, where student bands presented a colourful programme and a painting exhibition was organised by Sangeet Fine Arts Academy. White Keys, a rock band, enthralled the audience with patriotic songs, while students from Ishmeet Music Academy sang patriotic songs and presented Bollywood numbers that left the audience tapping their feet. Councillors Jagbir Singh Sokhi, Bhupinder Singh Bhinda too were seen promoting cycling.
Members of the Sarabha Nagar Market Association, which included Ashim Gujral (chairman of Moti Mahal Group of restaurants) welcomed the initiative. President of the club, Davinder Singh Nagi, and secretary Jagdeep Malhotra said bicycle lanes should be made on roads to allow people to switch.