CPCL’s SAKSHAM cycling day event is an awareness campaign to draw mass attention on better health, environment and conservation of petroleum products which is organized in support of the initiative of Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) under the aegis of Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India.

Saksham 2020 (Sanrakshan Kshamta Mahotsav) is one-month campaign from 16th January to 15th February 2020 organised by PCRA to sensitize the public about the conservation and efficient use of petroleum products towards better health and environment. As part of the Saksham activities, the cycling campaign at Chennai is one among the 200 events planned throughout the country on the same day, called as Saksham cycle day, on 19th January 2020.

Cycling is one of the non-mechanized modes of transport for short distances for day to day activities such as cycling to work, riding to nearby places etc. This not only saves fuel but keeps us healthy and fit.

Saksham cycle day 2020 was organised by Chennai Petroleum Corporation Limited (CPCL) at Manali, Chennai on Sunday, 19th January, 2020. Shri S.N.Pandey, Managing Director, CPCL, flagged off the first batch of Cycle ride at 7 a.m.  Subsequent batches of cyclists were flagged off by Shri G.Aravindan, Director (Operations), Shri Rajeev Ailawadi, Director (Finance), Shri R.Srikanthan, Director (Technical) and Shri J.T.Venkateswarlu, Chief Vigilance Officer of CPCL.

Eminent Sportspersons and celebrities from film and TV graced the occasion. Dr. Arathi Arun, Gold medallist powerlifting champion, Ms.Vilassini Sunder, Junior National Gold medalist in swimming and International Surfer, Film Actors Nakul, Abhishek Vinod, Samyuktha Karthik and Sruti Nakul, joined the  flagging off and also lead the cycling event.

Over 3000 people from all walks of life, aged 12 years and above and a large number of school children along with family members, participated enthusiastically in this cyclothon held at CPCL Polytechnic college in Manali, Chennai.  The 10 km rally started and ended at CPCL Polytechnic College, whereas the 5 km rally was a one-way trip.

“In today’s scenario of highly depleted non-renewable resources and the world shifting its focus to alternatives, it is a matter of great concern to conserve fuel. Saving fuel not only helps to contribute towards conserving our resources, but do our bit in controlling pollution too, which again is a major threat to the lives. Given this milieu and the fact that most of the non-renewable resources will get depleted in the next 50 years, Cyclothon rallies are being held in many cities of our country for a wide-spread awareness. It is encouraging to see many people have volunteered in today’s cyclothon to pledge their support for the cause.”

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