Srinagar, Sept. 22 -- Chief Secretary, Dr Arun Kumar Mehta flagged off a 300 kms long Kashmir Cyclothon from Royal Springs Golf Course here this morning.

The marathon would pass through five districts of Kashmir Valley and around 60 nationally acclaimed cyclists are attending the marathon including few from neighboring country Nepal.

Additional Chief Secretary, Home, R K Goyal; Secretary, Tourism & Youth Services & Sports, Sarmad Hafeez; Director, Tourism, Kashmir, Fazlul Haseeb; Secretary, RSGC, Mufti Fareed and other officers were present on the occasion.

On the occasion, the Chief Secretary urged the participating cyclists be ambassadors of peace and create awareness among public about the hazards of drug abuse. He told them that pa...