Gurgaon: Union minister Rao Inderjit Singh to cycle on car-free day

  • Leena Dhankhar, Hindustan Times, Gurgaon
  • Updated: Sep 28, 2015 13:12 IST
Minister of state and Gurgaon MP Rao Inderjit Singh. (HT photo)

The Gurgaon traffic police has invited minister of state and Gurgaon MP Rao Inderjit Singh to participate in the city’s second car-free day on Tuesday. Car-free day aims to decongest the city’s road network by promoting the use of public and non-motorised transport.

Singh will board the metro from Delhi to reach Gurgaon, from where he will cycle to a private company in DLF Cyber City. Joint commissioner of police (traffic) Bharti Arora will later present a decongestion plan at the company.

“We have invited the Union minister to participate in car-free day on Tuesday. We have also requested him to reach Gurgaon by the metro. This is to promote the use of public transport among residents and office-goers. We will also present before him the traffic problems in Gurgaon and a plan to make the city congestion-free. He will also ride a bicycle with us to the presentation venue at Cyber City,” Arora said.

Arora had also discussed a similar plan with Haryana public works department minister Rao Narbir Singh on Sunday.

The minister and the officer on special duty to the CM, Jawahar Yadav, recalled their childhood days when they used to cross NH 8 through culverts.

“It was discussed and agreed that the road design in the city is not in sync with the mobility requirement. This results in congestion and other traffic issues. The intersections of Shankar Chowk and Huda City Centre have not be been designed correctly, posing a threat to the safety of commuters and pedestrians,” said Arora.

On Sunday, Arora along with officials from the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and DLF inspected culverts along the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway from Shankar Chowk to Kherki Daula. They plan to convert 16 culverts, which have fallen into disrepair due to non-usage, into underpasses. “We have instructed NHAI and DLF to clean the culverts at Shankar Chowk to make them usable on car-free day,” said Arora.

Vote for no car

The traffic police is planning to start a drive to motivate residents to join them for the ‘Vote for No Car’ campaign. Arora has invited all councillors and the mayor to participate in the campaign. They will assemble at Maharana Pratap Chowk from where they will head to Electronic City in Udyog Vihar.

The councillors will also motivate residents to carpool on car-free Tuesdays. “We also want Old Gurgaon residents to participate in the drive as soon we include Palam Vihar, Sector 14, Sector 17 and Civil Lines,” Arora said.

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