The Young Indians wing of the Confederation of Indian Industry today organized a vintage car rally which was flagged off by Dhruva Kant Thakur, IPS and Commissioner of Police, Lucknow Police Commissionerate, GoUP from the 1090 Women Powerline and proceeded to the CII office to reach the finish point.

The rally was followed by a session on road safety, climate change and accessibility. Speaking at the session, chief guest Mr Dheeraj Sahu, IAS, Transport Commissioner and MD – UPSRTC noted that while UP is the largest contributor to road fatalities, the department has worked towards curbing an increase in the road fatality cases. He remarked that the surge in private vehicles poses a challenge to enforcement directives.

Hence, it is important to sensitize the people, especially youth to bring a change in their driving behavior. A number of initiatives have been undertaken by the Transport department which includes road safety clubs at colleges, addressing road engineering issues & creation of centres for conducting driving tests as well as fitness tests.

Mr Vinamra Agarwal, Chairman, CII UP State expressed admiration towards the marvellous automobile engineering which led to the creation of these vintage machines that they are on the roads even after almost a century. Pointing out that automobile sales are an integral indicator of the economic growth of any country, he shared that SIAM & ACMA, which were incubated by CII are the pioneer platforms for the sector.

Mr Aviral Jain, Chair, Yi Lucknow stated that the objective of the rally is to promote the message of road safety, climate change & accessibility. He said that through the platform of Yi, we want to encourage people to follow the traffic rules and adopt sustainable practices for the protection of the environment. He also said that we must develop an approach to accept and include the people of all abilities and background.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Somjeet Singh, Captain, Indian Wheelchair Cricket team urged the members to undertake creation of ramps at their premises to support the specially abled people and connect them to the mainstream of society.

From the Oudh Heritage car club, their President Captain Paritosh Chauhan and Vice President Mr M A Khan graced the occasion with their presence along with several other members.

The rally was conducted in association with 1090 women powerline and the Oudh Heritage car club & saw participation of a feat of 15 vintage cars along with industry persons, academia and the government representatives.  

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