Following the PIL by city-based NGO Yogkshem opposing blockage of roads during Sabarmati Cyclothon, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has planned to change the route for the event this year. With the new route, the civic body hopes to minimise barricading of roads for the event to be held on February 2.
Top authorities of AMC headed by municipal commissioner Guruprasad Mohapatra held a discussion on the possible routes for the 100-km cyclothon. Following the discussion, the route planned was Vallabh Sadan, Vijay crossroads, Helmet Circle, Shivranjani crossroads, U-turn from Pallav crossroads and back to Vallabh Sadan via the same route.
Deputy municipal commissioner for publicity DP Desai said, “Since we did not want to disturb vehicular traffic on that day, this year we have tried to have a loop-like route so as to cover fewest possible roads. Participants will cycle on the same route while taking U-turns. Last year, different roads and lanes were covered, thus forcing us to barricade more roads.”
Desai also said that the participants will have to do eight to nine rounds for the 100-km route and four-five rounds for the half-cyclothon of 50 km from Shivranjini to Pallav crossroads, before going towards the culminating point. AMC plans to keep the roads below Shivranjini flyover and Helmet flyover open for vehicular traffic, while the participants will be asked to use the flyover.
AMC is also keen on finalising this route as the proposed new route will not require much of barricading or staff to guide the cyclists. “Also, not many drinking water booths will be required.
Thus, from the management point of view, this route will be convenient for AMC as well as police,” added an official of AMC.
“We are on the verge of finalising this route and will be updating the new route on the Cyclothon website in a day or two. On Thursday, we’ll be measuring the route and fine-tuning the plan to finalise the 100-km and 50-km tracks,” added Desai.
Till now, nearly 2,500 participants have registered for the event. The last date for registration is