New Delhi. Sanjay Arora, DG Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) today flagged-off an ITBP cycle rally from the National Police Memorial, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi.
This will be the longest cycle rally covering a total distance of 2,700 KM from Gogra (Ladakh) to Kevadia (Gujarat) to participate in the National Unity Day Parade on 31 October, 2021.
DG ITBP praised the cyclists for their dedication and devotion to the mission and said that the ITBP’s role in the awareness campaigns and outreach programmes through the cycle rallies under the aegis of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav in the 75 week’s campaign has been truly inspiring. He said that the Force will continue to serve the nation with the same spirit and enthusiasm and will do its best for the security and service of the country, true to its motto- ‘Shaurya, Dridhata, Karmanishtha’.
The 45 member ITBP cycle rally team will complete the journey of 1100 kilometres to the Statue of Unity passing through Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat in next 25 days. Various patriotic theme based programs under the aegis of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav will be organized by the rally en-route. It will visit the historical places related to the freedom struggle and freedom fighters enroute. The cycle rally will also spread awareness on Fit India Movement, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan etc besides organising plantation drives.
The cycle rally started on 27 August from an altitude of 4500 m in Ladakh and crossed harsh climatic and terrain conditions, before reaching Manali via Atal Tunnel. It crossed some of the very high motorable passes such as Marsimik-La (5,582 m), Changla (5,319 m), Tanglang-La (5,328 m), Baralacha-La (4,892 m), Lachung-La (5,059 m) etc.