Shimla: Warm reception was given to Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) upon reaching Dharamsala today. The welcome ceremony was marked by a forestation drive by the forest department. Industries minister Kishan Kapur and Social Justice minister Sarveen Chaudhry planted a sapling each to begin with the Green initiative.
The QBR was given a rousing reception enroute Dharamshala from Una. The QBR was officially started by handing over the baton to Shivani Rana, a national medalists in shooting. Ashu Devi, international player, volleyball, Pooja Thakur, who played junior Asian championship, Munish Kumar (basketball), Champa Chandel (Volleyball), Chuni lal, (Skiing) ran with the relay holding the baton from DC office complex to cricket stadium Dharamshala.
Arjuna Awardee, B.S. Thapa who represented India in international level Boxing carried the baton inside the cricket stadium at Dharamshala.
Earlier the QBR for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games was accorded a warm reception today as it entered Himachal Pradesh at Mehatpur with school children waving tricolour lining up the route.
The QBR which arrived from Chandigarh was received at the border by several dignitaries including Una’s Deputy Commissioner K R Bharti.
"It is a joyous moment for me to be a part of the QBR and avail the first opportunity to carry the baton to Dev Bhoomi Himachal", a member of the Indian Hockey team from Una Deepak Thakur, who carried the baton, said.
The baton was taken in a procession to the Indira Gandhi stadium where a colorful cultural programe was also staged to mark its arrival.
The baton would travel tomorrow through Hamirpur and Bilaspur districts reaching Shimla in the evening.