UT Home Secretary Anurag Aggarwal convenes meeting of senior officers to give shape to the mega event
The City Beautiful and its neighbourhood is gearing up to host its first international level full Marathon, a run for Digital India and conservation of the environment, on April 9 this year. A meeting in this regard was held under the chairmanship of UT Home Secretary Mr Anurag Aggarwal here on Wednesday to finalise modalities to hold the Daily World Marathon being organised in association with the UT Administration. The Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, Mr VP Singh Badnore would be the Chief Guest at the event. During the meeting held at the UT Secretariat, the Home Secretary directed the Administration officers to work out all modalities to make the Chandigarh Marathon a grand success and also ensure adequate promotion of the inaugural first run through vigorous advertisement campaign using various social media platforms besides hoardings, banners, canopies, and a strong media advertisement campaign. Aggarwal asked all concerned departments to provide full cooperation and support in order to ensure the grand success of the show so as to make it a memorable event which would promote Chandigarh and its surrounds as a running and tourism destination.
The event would feature chip timed full and half marathons, along with 5 Km runs for various age categories in Chandigarh and Mohali. It is aimed to attract over 10,000 participants from India and abroad for this first of its kind international standards full marathon event in Chandigarh region besides huge number of spectators, volunteers and the public. It was also planned to hold display of Vintage cars and high end motor bikes in the expo leading up to the Marathon runs. “We are planning to make this Marathon an annual event for Chandigarh and Mohali on the lines of the Bombay and Delhi Marathons,” said Daily World Chief Executive Officer Mr H S Gujral.
Prominent among those present in the meeting were Managing Director (CITCO) Ms Kavita Singh, Director Tourism Mr Jitendra Yadav, UT SSP (Traffic & Security) Mr Ravi Kumar, Mohali Municipal Commissioner Mr Rajesh Dhiman, Mohali SP Traffic Mr Harbir Singh Atwal, Director (Health) UT Dr Vandana Gupta, Ms Arpana Deputy Conservator Forests Chandigarh, Director (Sports) Capt Karnail Singh and several other senior functionaries of the UT Administration and seasoned marathon runners from Chandigarh Runners.