Following a call given by the Ghaziabad RWA federation for a voluntary car-free day on Wednesday, several quarters of the district administration have come out in support of the event in order to curb air pollution.
“Citizens must come forward for such events in the interest of the city and to tackle pollution. We will support the call for the event and have directed our officials to help volunteers,” said Vimal Kumar Sharma, district magistrate.
Following a call by the DM, the UP state road transport corporation (UPSRTC) decided to ply extra buses from three locations on Wednesday to help commuters use public transport instead of private vehicles.
“We will be operating buses from Govind Puram, Central Park at Raj Nagar, and Lal Kuan intersection to metro stations in Vaishali and Kaushambi. The buses will be available during the first half of the day. Already, we have our feeder buses running from the old bus stand which cater to commuters from Vasundhara and Vaishali to metro stations,” said Atul Shotriya, additional regional manager, UPSRTC.
Officials from the Ghaziabad traffic police said they will ask their officials to lend a helping hand to the organisers of the car-free day in order to create awareness among citizens.
“Our officials will be present at designated locations and car owners will be requested to stop using personal vehicles and opt for public transport instead. The event is voluntary and we will be issuing requests and spreading awareness to tackle pollution,” said Amar Singh, superintendent of police (traffic).
The agencies came forward on directions of the DM who also roped in the additional district magistrate (city) to coordinate the event. On their part, the federation members said their volunteers will be present at major crossings at Atal Chowk at Vasundhara, CISF crossing at Indirapuram, Swadeshi Chowk at Vijay Nagar, Raj Nagar Extension and Mohan Nagar intersections.
“It is a beginning and city residents should come forward and show their commitment to curb pollution. Our volunteers will distribute pamphlets and flowers to citizens requesting them to shun vehicles to curb air pollution. We cannot force citizens, but their participation is intended in the interest of the city. We have printed nearly 5,000 pamphlets for the day,” said Colonel (retired) TP Tyagi from the federation.