'Car-Free Day' to be observed across Delhi on Sep 22 next yr
To encourage the city residents to use public transport and reduce pollution and traffic congestion, the Delhi government will observe 'Car-Free Day' on separate road stretches on the 22nd of every month
NEW DELHI, October 22: Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai today said the city government will organise 'Car-Free Day' across the national capital on September 22 next year, a day observed as the World Car-Free Day.
To encourage the city residents to use public transport and reduce pollution and traffic congestion, the Delhi government will observe 'Car-Free Day' on separate road stretches on the 22nd of every month.
The Car-Free Day was today organised on road stretch between the historic Red Fort and India Gate from 7 AM to 12 noon which saw the participation of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia, cabinet ministers, MLAs and other government officers.
Asked whether he would term today's Car-Free Day on Red Fort and India Gate as a success, Rai said, "It is a good beginning. The government will observe 'Car-Free Day' on September 22 next year across the national capital."
"By organising Car-Free Day every month, people will gradually get aware about increasing pollution and traffic congestion. This is a good beginning of first Car-Free Day in Delhi. Next month, we will observe such event in Dwarka on November 22," he said.
The minister also appealed to people to use public transport once a month to reach their work place. "By doing this, we can make Delhi's 'polluted air' clean."
The Delhi government will organise the next Car-Free Day in Dwarka area on November 22, which will go on for the entire day.