The UT administration in a high-level meeting on Wednesday decided to postpone the car-free day from February 28 to March 13. The decision was taken in consultation with the neighbouring SAS Nagar and Panchkula authorities.
The administration had received representations from several residents, stating that there were a large number of weddings scheduled for February 28. Moreover, a Punjab agriculture department exam is also scheduled for the same day.
SSP traffic Manish Chaudhry said, “It is now final that the car-free day will be observed on March 13 between 7am and 2pm. It will be mandatory for all city residents. However, senior citizens, cars carrying patients, emergency vehicles such as ambulances, police vehicles, fire department and buses will be exempted.”
A road map and plan for the car-free day will be issued in newspapers, radio and other mass mediums and shared with citizens online on mygov.in to seek feedback and suggestions.
UT adviser Vijay Dev, who floated the idea, said, “I was thinking of various ideas to prepare city for decongesting traffic and cleaning the city air. The task lies in preparing the city stakeholders for that day. Aim is to promote less car usage amongst citizens, motivate them to opt for public transport, cycles and avoid taking cars for inter-sector work and adapt to walking/running.”