The Gurgaon police on Friday held a series of meetings to discuss ways for enhancing the facilities for the next Car-Free Day in the city and improving the public transport system.
The meetings were held by joint commissioner of police (traffic) Bharti Arora.
The next Car-Free Day will be observed on September 29. It will be observed on four major IT corridors of the city — Cyber City, Netaji Subash Marg, Golf Course Road and Electronic City in Udyog Vihar.
During a meeting held with autorickshaw drivers, Arora told them not to overcharge commuters and stop in the middle of the road to pick up or drop passengers. They were also told not to ply along the metro routes.
Several measures will be taken to improve the infrastructure on the four stretches where the Car-Free Day will be observed. The Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) and the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) have agreed to fill potholes and trim plants along the stretches before the next Car-Free Day.
This will ensure that there are no obstructs for people who use bicycles on the day. Besides, the agencies will also help in installing signage for bus stops and shuttle services.
“We have received complaints that Haryana Roadways buses are driven rashly and drivers do not stop at all bus stops. We have asked them to appoint supervisors and ensure that the buses are driven carefully,” said Arora.
A meeting was also held to discuss the glitches of the first Car-Free Day held on September 22. The meeting was attended by representatives of all organisers, including officials from the MCG, Rapid Metro, Nasscom, WRI-Embarq India.
For the next Car-Free Day, buses will run from important locations in Faridabad to Gurgaon to reduce flow of traffic, especially along Golf Course Road. With more residents’ welfare associations coming forward to be a part of the Car-Free Day, the police have identified routes from residential areas in Gurgaon to the IT hubs that will be included in the initiative.
Additional parking spaces are also being identified and people will be informed about them.