The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways will organise a Motor Rally to commemorate 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary. The rally will travel through places historically associated with Gandhiji, both in India, as well as in Bangladesh and Myanmar. It will connect the places of significance in Gandhiji’s life, and simultaneously take up advocacy on Road Safety concerns. This is part of the yearlong celebrations to commemorate the 150th year of Mahatma Gandhi in India and across the globe, initiated by the Government of India on 2nd October last year.
The Car Rally will commence on the 4th of February from Rajghat in Delhi which will also mark the launch of National Road Safety Week. The Rally will pass through Sabarmati, Porbandar, Dandi, Yerwada, Sewagram, Jabalpur, Lucknow, Gorakhpur, Chauri Chaura, Champaran, Shantiniketan and Kolkata in India before travelling to Dhaka in Bangladesh. It will conclude at Yangon in Myanmar on the 24th of February. The motor rally will cover around 7250 km to reach Yangon.
One of the highlights of the rally would be the crossing of the Gulf of Khambat by Ro-Ro vessels. The event is supported by the Ministries of External Affairs, Culture, etc. Receptions and Flagging off Ceremony and people to people interaction events will be held at various places in different states, through which the rally will pass.
The aim of the event is to spread the great values of Mahatma Gandhi throughout its route. It will be a ‘Drive for Peace’ while remembering the great son of India in Bangladesh and Myanmar. It will also promote the message of safe driving on roads.