The beautiful environs of Sukhna Lake hummed with activity today as senior citizens started arriving in droves right from 5.30 am to take part in the much-awaited “WALK FOR FUN”. This annual event, held in the run up to Senior Citizens’ Day for the 12th time, was organized jointly by Chandigarh Police and Chandigarh Senior Citizens’ Association (CSCA).
Today’s event drew more than 700 participants, many in their eighties, and some in their ninetees who had to cover a maximum of 3 K.M. President of the Association Sh. Daljit Singh Grewal explained that till 2009 there was an element of competition in which men and women in different age groups had to cover different distances. This practice was discontinued since there were some cases of over-exertion. As the underlying aim to get people out to enjoy the environment and breathe fresh air in the tranquil atmosphere of the Lake rather than testing their stamina, it was felt that a non-competitive event would do just as well.
Separate batches of men and women were flagged off. Sh. KK Sharma, Advisor to Administrator and Sh. RP Upadhyaya, IG Police respectively. After the walk, a musical chair competition was organized. Winners of the event were awarded.
The Walk was followed by Interaction with IGP UT Chandigarh, Sh. Upadhayaya, IPS. Welcoming him, Sh. Daljit Singh Grewal spoke in glowing terms about the senior citizen friendly attitude of Chandigarh Police and the many innovations it had brought in to protect the life and property of senior citizens.
Several senior citizens wanted stricter enforcement of traffic rules especially for two wheelers and school rickshaws; check on PG accommodation especially indecent behavior in neighborhood parks; action against “unofficial” paid parking areas; provision of community parking in sectors to relieve congestion in streets; enforcement of ban on loud music and synchronization of lights at round-abouts. Sh. Upadhayaya lauded the role of senior citizens in society as counselors, guides and role models. He appreciated the work of senior citizens as members of community police and traffic marshals and exhorted them to play a more pro-active role through counseling and conciliation to maintain peace. Organization of this annual event, he said, was Chandigarh Police’s way of thanking them and re-assuring them that they were cherished members of the community and that their welfare was the Police’s primary concern. He promised action on all the points raised by senior citizens, and sought cooperation from them in creating awareness among the public about the precautions it should take. He lauded the gesture of CSCA in organizing the Police Felicitation function earlier this month and award of Trophy to Best Beat declared in Inter-Beat Competition and honouring of constables of winner and runner- up beats.
†Col Sukhdev Singh
Chandigarh 20th September 2014