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“India Russia Friendship Motor Rally 2017”
“Be a part of the history”
15th August 2017 the “India Russia Friendship Motor Rally 2017” from New Delhi – Moscow – New Delhi, will be flagged off with 20 teams in 22 cars comprising of 80 participants to cover 19,235 kms by road & 1960 NM by sea. The team will have participants from India, Iran, Azerbaijan and Russia.
The rally is being organized by Kalinga Motor Sports Club (KMSC), Bhubaneswar, Odisha, under the aegis of Ministry of External Affairs, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, and The Embassy of The Russian Federation in India.
This friendship car rally is in celebration of “70 YEARS of Diplomatic Relations between India and Russia” and “70 YEARS of Indian Independence”. KMSC will be conducting a route survey covering the entire route in the month of June. While all the Indian cars are being supplied by Mahindra & Mahindra, KMSC is in the process of finalizing adding Russian vehicles to the convoy.
To commemorate these 70 year old landmarks of friendship, diplomacy and independence, year 2017-18 will see a series of celebrations of art, culture, films festivals, business seminars, exchange programs and many more events across both the countries. And “India Russia Friendship Motor Rally 2017” is one of the activities.
One very important aspect of the friendship is the “International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC)”. The focus is to open a corridor to ship, rail, and road route to move freight between India, Russia, Iran, Europe and Central Asia. The objective is to increase trade connectivity between major cities such as Mumbai, Moscow, Tehran, Baku, Bandar Abbas, Astrakhan, Bandar Anzali, to Europe.
Rally will commence on 15 th August 2017 from New Delhi and will be completed in 3 phases
No. of Vehicles 22 No. of Participants 80 No. of Days 62 days
Phase –1 New Delhi-Kandla by road in India; Kandla-Bandar Abbas (Iran) by sea; Bandar Abbas-Moscow by road
Distance Covered- By Road-6120 Km By Sea 980 NM
Phase-2 Moscow-Bandar Abbas; Bandar Abbas-Kandla / Mundra;
Distance Covered- By Road- 4956 Km By Sea 980 NM
Phase-3 Jamnagar-Bangalore-Kudankulam-Chennai-Hyderabad-Bhilai-Vishakhapatnam-Bhubaneswar-Ranchi-Vindyachal-Rishikesh-New Delhi (Places where units are in joint venture with Russia)
Distance Covered- By Road-8159 Km
This rally will promote connectivity between Indian and Russia to boost trade and investments. The focus is to strengthen the existing friendship, cooperation in cultural spheres, tourism, science & research. It will further promote trade through the International North South Transport Corridor-INSTC. Above all, the aim of the rally is to cement direct people to people contact, which will further strengthen the existing bilateral relations.
“May the wheels of Indian Independence & India Russia Diplomatic Relations always move forward in the FAST Lane”