Hundreds in New Delhi cycle to raise awareness of fuel-less transport

Reuters New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 06, 2017, 07.17 AM(IST)

Representative image: Team Lotus reserve driver Karun Chandhok of India cycles the track at the Buddh International Circuit on October 26, 2011 in Noida, India. Photograph:( Getty )

Hundreds participated in a cyclothon in the heart of New Delhi on Monday to spread awareness about the use of fuel-less transport options.

People from all walks of life and across age groups took part in the event which was organised as part of a federal government initiative called "Saksham (able) 2017" - aimed at creating awareness about judicious utilisation and conservation of petroleum products.

Starting from the war memorial of India Gate and concluding at the Parliament building, cyclists covered a distance of 3.4 kilometres. Participants acknowledged the need for action to contain the impact of climate change.

"There's a lot of awareness due to climate change. Everyone is aware what is happening in the world right now, (about the need) to control the temperature, rising temperature and save the planet from devastation due to climate change. There is so much awareness, a huge crowd has gathered. There is a lot of change due to awareness," said a participant.

"Today it is a very good event. Government should continue, at least compulsory for once in a week to go to office by cycle," said another participant.

India is the world's third largest emitter of greenhouse gases.

As a signatory to the Paris Agreement on climate change, India is committed to ensuring that at least 40 per cent of its electricity will be generated from non-fossil-fuel sources by 2030.

While coal still provides the lion's share of India's energy, officials forecast the country will meet its Paris Agreement renewable energy commitments three years early - and exceed them by nearly half.

A 10-year blueprint released in December predicts that 57 per cent of total electricity capacity will come from non-fossil sources by 2027.