Delhi: Energy Maharatna Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) has braced efforts of Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) in organizing Saksham Pedal Delhi 2018, India’s Premium Cyclothon for conserving fuel, greening the ecosystem and inspiring fitness.
The event was organized by PCRA in partnership with ONGC and other Oil PSUs under the aegis of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas on morning of 7 October 2018 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi.
This is the second year in succession ONGC is supporting PCRA’s efforts to promote the importance of conservation of oil and natural gas, efficient and environment-friendly energy utilization and fitness of the citizens.
Over 6000 participants from across the country, including national and international cyclists, participated in the four rides of the event. The glamorous event was graced by the presence of Bollywood Actress Disha Patani who flagged off the Open Ride of the cyclothon along with Mr AK Dwivedi, Director (Exploration), Mr Subhash Kumar, Director (Finance) and Dr Alka Mittal, GGM (HR), ONGC.
The winners of the Women’s Elite Category race being felicitated by dignitaries from ONGC, PCRA, oil and gas PSUs and CFI. The participants of the event pledged for a pollution free tomorrow by reducing the use of motorized vehicles and to promote fitness.
Various Indian sportspersons motivated the participants. Prominent sports personalities from ONGC including Asian Games medalists Arpinder Singh, M R Poovamma and Heena Sidhu, Ashwini Ponnappa, Munaf Patel participated in the cyclothon to spread the message of energy conservation as well as environment protection across the country. Some Sportspersons from other Oil PSUs also participated in the event. The rides in the event were categorized as Elite, Amateur, Open and Green Ride, covering 40 kms, 10 kms and 6.5 kms in the respective categories.
Corporate citizenship has been one of the key structural elements of ONGC’s overall business approach. ONGC has the highest number of Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects registered with United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC). ONGC has taken up various campaigns in it’s work locations like going Paperless in it’s office work and to progressively reduce single use plastics as a part of it’s overall mission to clean up the environment. Support to this cyclothon event is one such signature campaign that demonstrates the national oil company’s continued commitment for a greener tomorrow.