Saksham Cyclothon is India’s Premier Cyclothon, which aims to propagate the importance of fuel conservation and efficient energy utilization, amongst the citizens of our Nation.
In an effort to instill socio-environmental consciousness, Saksham Cyclothon is an initiative by Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA), a non-profit organization set up in 1978 under the aegis of Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India, engaged in promoting energy efficiency in various sections of the economy.
On this, Petroleum Conservation Research Association along with Oil Companies viz. IOCL, BPCL, HPCL, ONGC, GAIL, OIL, MRPL, CPCL, IGL, MGLand NRL has taken a number of citizen-centric initiatives to promote awareness about the need & ways to conserve petroleum products. The Cyclothon aims to create awareness among the people about the fuel conservation, environment protection and promote the use of cycle for short distances, which will not only save fuel but also help in creating a greener environment and better health conditions.
About Saksham Cycle Day Event
PCRA’s mass awareness program on fuel conservation, named as सक्षम (संरक्षण क्षमता महोत्सव), will be organized for a month from 16th January’ 2019 to 15th February 2019. During the period, a number of people connect activities are being conducted with active participation of Oil industry.
To emphasize the masses on the need to cycle for better Health, Environment and Fuel Conservation, one of the activity planned during सक्षम is Saksham Cycle Day, which is being planned on 20th January 2019 in 200 cities. These 200 cities have been assigned to all Oil and Gas companies as per their prominence.
Cycling provides economic and independent travel for those who might otherwise have their travel options restricted. It offers increased mobility to many groups of the population with low rates of car ownership, such as low income earners, unemployed people, seniors and those under 18 years of age.Cycling for short distances not only saves fuel but also provides cleaner air to breathe and better health for tomorrow. It renders multi-pronged benefit starting from health to environment, economic, social and transport benefits. 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. It contributes to the reduction of vehicular emissions by reducing congestion and improving traffic flow. It also propagates the message of reducing excessive dependency on oil.