Blind Car Rally held in Patiala during Heritage Week
Normally we saw car rallies on hi-tech grounds, driving with high speed, but the residents of Patiala saw an altogether different car rally. The Patiala School for the Blind, along with the Royal City Riders holds a blind car rally during Patiala Heritage Week.
A perfect combination of coordination between a visually impaired who is a navigator and a driver, who can see. The rally has been aimed to make the blind children feel that they are very much part of society and have equal rights like others.
Organised by the Society for welfare of the handicapped, visually impaired navigators, who participated in the car rally came from far off places from like Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Rajasthan and Punjab.
55 cars with 18 women and 37 men participated in the event-each navigates by a visually impaired person and driven by a person with vision, which commenced from Polo Ground and the rally passed through the city, small by lanes of villages in Patiala district. There was a speed limit also.
Students who co-pilots gave directions through special Braille notes (a form of written language for blind). The idea behind the event is to bring forth that the blind are equally talented.
Ravi Inder Singh navigated by Suraj Tiwari from men category won the race. Arashdeep Singh remaind at second position and Sanampreet Singh navigated by Abhishek got third position.
In women category Rana Virk navigated by Kiran won the race. Ankita Jain navigated by Aarshpreet at second and Diwana Mangla navigated by Saloni got second and third postion respectively.
Shivdullar Singh Dhillon, Director Tourism Punjab and Poonamdeep Kaur ADC (General) honoured the navigators.