Warangal Urban: To create awareness among the people on the value of heritage sites and to promote the use of bicycles for transport, a heritage ride was organised in Warangal city on Sunday.
The ride, which was organised by the Greater Warangal Smart City Corporation Limited in collaboration with Hyderabad Bicycling Club (HBC) and SmartBike Mobility Pvt. Ltd, nearly a 100 people, including cyclists from Hyderabad, took part in the event wherein the participants bicycled for about 30 km visiting all the heritage sites in the city.
The ride was flagged off at Public Gardens by Mayor N Narender and covered Jain Thirthankara Temple, Padmakshi Hill, Bhadrakali Temple, Kakatiya Musical Gardens, Fort Warangal, Khush Mahal, Shrungara Baavi and Ursu Gutta.
“There is an urgency to act on the issue of rising pollution. Using a bicycle not only reduces pollution but also benefits health. It is our aim to put Warangal, a heritage city, on the top in all aspects,” Narender said.
Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation Commissioner VP Gautham said that introduction of green technologies, conservation of heritage and environmental awareness are the major initiatives under the Smart City Mission.
“Under the Smart City Mission, roads in the city would be developed not just for motor vehicles but also for pedestrians and cyclists. In European nations and in the US, people use bicycles to travel distances of 20 km to 30 km. This can be implemented in a city like Warangal easily,” Gautham said, adding that the corporation is planning on introducing public bicycling in Warangal city under the Smart City Mission as a pilot project.
MP P Dayakar, MLA D Vinay Bhaskar, Police Commissioner V Ravinder and others participated in the ride.