A first-ever rally of eco-friendly vehicles with the theme 'Save the Earth' was hosted in the national capital on Sunday.
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit flagged off the rally, held on the eve of the fourth EFV (Environment Friendly Vehicle) Conference, a biannual international conference, under the World Forum for Harmonization of vehicles.
Another objective of this rally was to spread awareness about various alternatives for conventional fuels like petrol and diesel.
Organizers contended that eco-friendly vehicles would come as a boon to a city like New Delhi which is known for having the largest number of vehicles in India and is faced with a steadily growing traffic problem.
"This rally that is taking place here today, I hope that through this people will realize that vehicles with cleaner fuel are also being made in India now. It is up to all Indians to accept them. There will be difficulties naturally, but they will also be tackled with, but it is extremely important to bring cleaner fuels and alternative fuels to use, else it will severely effect the environment," said Shiela Dikshit, chief of Delhi.
Toyota Prius, the world's best selling hybrid car was the first to be flagged off.
The Mahindra Scorpio Bio-Diesel was also on display and took part in the rally.
Visitors at the rally also appreciated the attempt to promote awareness related to environmental issues.
"The aim is to bring awareness about the environment, the way global warming is taking place, how to control it. And such battery-operated vehicles will reduce the pollution levels for sure," Dinesh Sharma, one of the visitors at the rally.
The three-day Environment Friendly Vehicle conference commenced on Sunday (Nov. 22).