- A 23 day Car rally to commemorate 150th Birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi will begin from February 2nd
- The Car rally will visit all the major places with historical association with Mahatma Gandhiji. In India, Bangladesh as well as Myanmar.
- As a spin off the Road and Transport Department will also emphasize on Road safety in this car rally
The Ministry of Road Transport & Highways will organise a Car 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 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 Car 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. The Car Rally 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.
Detailed plan of the Motor Rally.
|Day||Date||From / Departure Time||To / Arrival Time||Distance in Km. / (Driving time)||Activity|
|1||04-02-2019 Monday||Rajghat, New Delhi 10.30 am||Ajmer, Rajasthan 7.00 pm||398 7 Hours||Event Flag Off from Rajghat, New Delhi Night Halt at Ajmer|
|2||05-02-2019 Tuesday||Ajmer 8.00 am||Ahmedabad 8.00 pm||529 Km 9 Hours||Ceremonial Flag Off Night halt at Ahmedabad|
|3||06-02-2019 Wednesday||Ahmedabad 9.00 am||Por Bandar, Gujrat 6.00 pm||394 7 Hours||Morning prayers at Sabarmati Ashram Ceremonial Flag Off Visit to Birth place of Gandhiji at Porbandar Night halt at Porbandar|
|4||07-02-2019 Thursday||Porbandar, Gujrat 8.00 am||Ghogha||321 Km 6 Hours||Cross over to Dahej by ferry service and proceed to Bharuch|
|Ferry Service from Ghogha to Dahej||31 Km 1 Hour||Motor cars to be ferried through Ro-Ro service from Ghogha to Dahej reducing distance by about 200 Km.|
|Dahej||Bharuch 6.00 Pm||53 Km 1 Hour||Night Halt at Bharuch|
|5||08-02-2019 Friday||Bharuch 7.00 am||Pune 8.00 pm||391 Km 9 Hours||Enroute visit to Dandi Beach Night halt at Pune|
|6||09-02-2019 Saturday||Rest Day at Pune||Visit to Yeravda Jail / Aga Khan Palace Night halt at Pune|
|7||10-02-2019 Sunday||Pune 6.00 am||Wardha 8.00 pm||631 Km 12 Hours||Ceremonial Flag Off Night halt at Wardha|
|8||11-02-2019 Monday||Wardha 9.00 am||Jabalpur 5.00 pm||353 Km 8 Hours||Visit Sevagram in Wardha Night halt at Jabalpur|
|9||12-2-2019 Tuesday||Jabalpur 6.00 am||Lucknow 8.00 pm||531 Km 12 Hours||Ceremonial Flag Off Night halt at Lucknow|
|10||13-02-2019 Wednesday||Lucknow 9.00 am||Chauri Chaura Gorakhpur, 4.00 pm||320 Km 7 Hours||Ceremonial Flag Off Visit to Chauri Chaura enroute Night halt at Gorakhpur|
|11||14-02-2019 Thursday||Gorakhpur||Patna||365 Km 8 Hours||Visit to Champaran enroute Night halt at Patna|
|12||15-02-2019 Friday||Patna 9.00 am||Dhanbad 6.00 pm||328 Km 7 Hours||Ceremonial Flag Off Night halt at Dhanbad|
|13||16-02-2019 Saturday||Dhanbad 9.00 am||Kolkata 7.00 pm||321 Km 7.30 Hours||Ceremonial Flag Off Rally to proceed via Shantiniketan Night halt at Kolkata|
|14||17-02-2019 Sunday||Kolkata 7.00 am||Dhaka, Bangladesh 9.00 pm||316 Km 11 Hours||Ceremonial Flag Off Border crossing via Petropole|
|15||18-02-2019 Monday||Itinerary as suggested by MEA|
|16||19-02-2019 Tuesday||Dhaka 9.00 am||Agartala 4.00 pm||157 Km 4 Hours||Ceremonial Flag Off Border crossing|
|17||20-02-2019 Wednesday||Agartala 9.00 am||Silchar 5.00 pm||286 Km 9 Hours||Ceremonial Flag Off|
|18||21-02-2019 Thursday||Silchar 8.00 am||Imphal 6.00 pm||254 Km 9 Hours||Night halt at Imphal|
|19||22-02-2019 Friday||Imphal 8.00 am||Kalewa, Myanmar||258 Km 7 Hours||Ceremonial Flag Off Border crossing at Moreh Night halt at Kalewa, Myanmar|
|20||23-02-2019 Saturday||Kalewa, Myanmar 8.00 am||Mandalay, Myanmar 6.00 pm||326 Km 8 hours||Night halt at Mandalay|
|21||24-02-2019 Sunday||Mandalay 8.00 am||Yangon 6.00 pm||625 Km 8 Hours||Night halt at Yangon|
|22||25-02-2019 Monday||Itinerary as suggested by MEA|
|23||26-02-2019||Rally participants return back|