Taking cue from Delhi to reduce pollution and decongest city roads, deputy commissioner Varun Roojam will cycle to work and several senior judges and government officials will opt for carpooling to observe January 6 as a “car-free day”.
Speaking to HT, DC Roojam said, “Though a symbolic effort, I will go to work on Wednesday on a bicycle to spread the larger message of a traffic-free city that relies primarily on public transport, walking or cycling. Traffic has increased manifold in the city, and we all must give up our vehicles wherever possible.”
District and sessions judge HS Madaan said he, along with six other judges, had decided to commute to and from the district courts in one of their official cars to minimise the number of cars on the road.
“Carpooling is one of the most convenient and effective methods to reduce traffic on the city roads. Therefore, I asked my colleagues to opt for carpooling or other means of transport to reach court,” he said.
The District Bar Association, too, has appealed to all its members to use a bicycle, public transport or a two-wheeler to reach court, thereby extend a helping hand in making the city cleaner and greener.
About 700 advocates visit the district courts daily.
Bar president Bhupinder Singh Virk said, “Though the initiative is purely voluntary in nature, we want our colleagues to set an example for the larger cause of society and a pollution-free environment.”
“A bicycle or two-wheeler takes almost negligible space as compared to a four-wheeler that uses approximately 10 feet of space on the road. Therefore, opting out of travelling in cars would not only decrease pollution but also decongest the city roads,” Virk added.