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New Delhi : A Car cum Bike Rally was organised by Headquarters Western  Air Command, IAF, from New Delhi to Thoise from August 10 to 23, 2018. The rally was flagged off by Air Marshal NJS Dhillon, Senior Air Staff Officer, Western Air Command, New Delhi,, on August 10. The objective of the rally was to promote the Prime Minister’s noble mission of ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ amongst tourists and locals enroute.

The team consisting of 12 air warriors was led by Air Vice Marshal AK Singh, Senior Officer incharge Administration, Western Air Command. During a span of 15 days, the team travelled from Delhi to Thoise and arrived in New Delhi on August 23, covering a distance of approx 3,200 km during the journey. The rally had traversed through Ambala, Manali, Jispa and Leh enroute its final destination at Thoise and back to Delhi via Drass, Kargil, Srinagar, Udhampur and Ambala. Due to unprecedented rainfall and inclement weather condition on Manali-Leh axis, the team faced great challenges enroute but that did not deter their spirit, according to a PIB release.

During its journey, the team carried out ‘Swachhta’ Campaigns at Kullu, Manali, Leh, Thoise, Khardungla and Rohtang to make the general public aware of the importance of cleanliness. The team also interacted with local populace and tourists, distributed dustbins, pamphlets and installed banners at prominent tourist places. “At places we helped out tourists whose vehicle had broken down and made sure that the message of Swachh Bharat was imbibed in them,” said Air Vice Marshal AK Singh, the team leader. The rally was “flagged in” at Western Air Command, New Delhi, by Air Marshal C Hari Kumar, on August 23, 2018.

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