A first of its kind premier Cyclothon event under the banner of Saksham Pedal Delhi was flagged off from Delhi’s Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium. Organized under the leadership of Dharmendra Pradhan, , Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, the cyclothon attracted around 5000 participants from all walks of life including officials from various Ministries and the Oil Industry, Sports personalities, Celebrity star Farhan Akhtar, school and college children cycling professionals, amateurs and housewives. Hon’ble Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas & Skill Development and Entrepreneurship himself lead the 5 km Green Ride amidst great excitement and fan-fare to create awareness for cycle. The genesis of this Cyclothon lay in Prime Minister Narendra Modi appeal to people in his monthly radio show Mann Ki Baat about avoiding the use of petrol & diesel for one day in the week to conserve fuels and contribute towards Nation building. The promotion of cycling through this event is aimed at instilling socio-environmental consciousness among citizens towards the larger aim of conserving foreign exchange on fuel imports.