SRINAGAR: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Saturday flagged off two sporting events in Srinagar in a run-up to J&K Administration’s Independence Day celebrations.
The first to be flagged off event ‘Run for Polythene-Free Srinagar’ witnessed more than 600 participants including students, sportspersons and people from different walks of life, according to an official statement.
The LG flagged off the event from iconic Ghanta Ghar in Lal Chowk. The participants passed through various areas of the city “to generate awareness against the use of polythene with a prime objective to make Srinagar a polythene-free zone”.
“The path-breaking initiative is aimed at making cleaner streets, lakes, and communities to bring better environmental sustainability in the UT,” the LG said in his address.
The other event of the day was a Department of Youth Sports and Services (DYSS) organised cyclothon event, ‘Pedal For Dal’. The event witnessed participation of more than 200 boys and girls from different age groups, along with professional cyclists.
Speaking on the occasion, the LG said that the young generation has a huge responsibility to ensure peace, prosperity and unity of the nation.
“A large number of youth participating in the events commemorating the historical occasion of the 75th Anniversary of Indian Independence will send a message across the world that J&K has ushered into the era of sustained peace and progress,” he added.
“Dheeraj Gupta, Principal Secretary to the Government, H&UDD; Pandurang K. Pole, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir; Mohammad Aijaz, Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar; Athar Aamir Khan, Commissioner, Srinagar Municipal Corporation; besides Er Aijaz Hussain, DDC member; senior officers of Civil & Police Administration and large number of prominent citizens were present on the occasions,” added the statement.
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