New Delhi: Delhi is all set to host its first ‘Car-Free Day’ on Thursday. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia and other cabinet ministers will take part in the event which aims to encourage people to use public transport.
Transport Minister Gopal Rai said that under the ‘Ab Bus Karein’ campaign, government will organise such events on the 22nd day of every month. He also said that some auto drivers will provide free service to support the Car-Free Day.
The ‘Car-Free Day’ will be held from Red Fort to Bhagwan Das Road. Mr Rai said that the government has made parking arrangements at Red Fort, Chandni Chowk, India Gate and near Supreme Court for Thursday’s event so that people coming to programme could park their vehicles at these points.
Mr Kejriwal, who has been brushing up his cycling skills for past few days to take part in the capital’s first Car-Free Day, will ride cycle from Red Fort to India Gate, a stretch that will remain ‘Car-Free’ till the noon.
Car-Free Day will be observed from 7 am to 12 noon on Thursday on the stretch connecting Red Fort to India Gate via Delhi Gate and ITO. Additional buses of DTC with frequency of one or two minutes will be deployed on this route for better facilitation of commuters.