Karnal goes the ‘smart’ way, to observe car-free day from Nov

  • Vishal Joshi, Hindustan Times, Karnal
  • Updated: Oct 20, 2015 21:30 IST
Karnal superintendent of police Pankaj Nain going to his office on a bicycle on Tuesday. (HT Photo)

Come November, Karnal, which has been shortlisted for the Smart City project, will observe car-free day once a week to encourage people to use bicycles as alternative mode of transport.

Taking an initiative in this direction, superintendent of police Pankaj Nain pedaled his cycle to his office at the mini secretariat here on Tuesday. He started from his official residence at Mall Road, popularly known as Thandi Sadak, to Sector 12 without any security guard. He went back to his house in the afternoon on the bike via NDRI Complex. Nain opted routes with lesser traffic congestions for city travelling.

However, the SP clarified that there was no advisory of his subordinates to compulsorily use a bicycle, but he wanted his colleagues and the city residents to adopt this healthy mode of travelling.

Nain admitted that in the absence of effective public transport system, cycling was the best option to handle traffic congestion and pollution. “It took lesser time to reach my office through a bicycle than a car. Moreover, Karnal is a small city and cycling should be promoted as an effective alternative,” he said.

“Karnal is being developed as a smart city and everyone should contribute his bit to make it a better place to live. Traffic and parking are serious issues here and a fewer vehicles on road means safer roads. It is my attempt to motivate people to adopt a healthier option of transport,” he said.

The SP said the car-free initiative would be adopted in a campaign mode with the active support of the city residents.

“Owing to different challenges, traffic regulation is a challenge in the city, but the solution also lies in us by way of adopting cycling. It is planned to make Karnal car-free once a week by putting restrictions on on-street parking in certain areas. We want to ensure space for people to walk and cycle,” he added.

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