The Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal Friendship Motor rally ( BBIN 2015 Rally) hosted to champion regional integration and road safety, was flagged off a couple of days back from Bhubaneswar. Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) has extended its support to the rally by providing Fortuners and Innovas for the rally, which is backed by the Ministry of Road, Transport & Highways, and Government of India.
The rally that will cover around 4500 kms with 80 participants was flagged off by Honorable Justice Sir D. H. Waghela, Chief Justice, Odisha High Court, Vijay Chhibber, Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways Govt. of India, Mr. Shekar Viswanathan, Vice Chairman and Whole – time Director, Toyota Kirloskar Motor and Ambassadors/High Commissioners of the 4 participating countries.
Motoroids is participating in the rally and is reporting live from the event. You can follow this link for our report on the first day of the event.
The rally which starts from Bhubaneswar will pass through Ranchi, Patna, Siliguri, Gangtok (India) Phuentsholing (Bhutan) Thimphu, Mongar, SamdrupJongkar,(Bhutan), Guwahati, Sikkim,(India), Silchar, Agartala, Chittagong & Dhaka(Bangladesh) and culminates at the Victoria Memorial, Kolkata.
The BBIN Friendship Motor Rally is following the ratification of the ‘Motor Vehicle Agreement for the Regulation of Passenger, Personal, and Cargo Vehicular Traffic with Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal, to smoothen cross border vehicle movement. This initiative is as a result of the strong determination expressed by the Heads of State of Government of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (hereinafter referred to as “SAARC”) to deepen regional integration by enhancing road connectivity.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Shekar Viswanathan, Vice Chairman and Whole Time Director, Toyota Kirloskar Motor, said, “We, at Toyota Kirloskar Motor, are privileged to be part of this rally that aims at enhancing people-to-people interactions from the four participating countries. This rally will open transport corridors that can turn into economic corridors which we believe, will drive change in a positive direction. Supporting this initiative is special for us as it also disseminates the awareness on importance of road safety, which is of paramount importance to us being the safety crusaders in the industry .”
In addition to the participation in the rally, TKM will be conducting a “Safety Seminar” in Guwahati on 25thNovember 2015 to spread the importance of Road Safety in presence of senior officials from Central and State governments, local administration and media. TKM management and senior officials will be present on different occasions during the progress of rally in its support.