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Fifth car-free day finds few takers

Participation of corporate firms and RWAs have dropped, but schools continued to support the initiative

gurgaon Updated: Oct 21, 2015 12:14 IST
Snehil Sinha
Snehil Sinha
Hindustan Times
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Joint commissioner of police Saurabh Singh cycles with his staff to create awareness about non-motorised transport.(Parveen Kumar/HT Photo)

The new police team monitoring the car-free day observed the fifth edition of the event enthusiastically as 20 officials cycled from DLF Cyber City to Udyog Vihar on Tuesday morning.

The officers were accompanied by representatives from the organisers of the event — Embarq India and Cykul.

Joint commissioner of police Saurabh Singh inaugurated the fourth cycle stand installed by Nagarro Softwares at one of its campuses in Sector 18, Udyog Vihar, on the occasion.

“We are working on involving more people in this initiative in the coming weeks. It is interesting to see such awareness among people and we need to sustain these efforts to make Gurgaon a better place to live,” Singh said.

Meanwhile, corporate participation seems to have dropped following the first few car-free days in the city.

No corporate executive was present at the cycle rally which was aimed at promoting the use of non-motorised transport in the city. There has not been much reduction in the number of cars used by corporate executives barring a few companies.

However, a few firms took a step forward by demarcating space for cycles on their premises.

Residents’ welfare associations (RWAs) in the city had also promised support to the initiative, but none of the members took part in the cycle rally.

On the other hand, schools continued to support the event by conducting awareness drives on and around their campuses.

Five weeks into the initiative, Genpact and American Express reported a reduction in the use of cars again on Tuesday.

Earlier, Genpact used about 380 cars every day and it was reduced to 325 on Tuesday. Even top executives of the company are considering car pooling to get to work.

Another company Dell had about 20% fewer cars on Tuesday compared to other working days, reducing 80 cars on its premises.

Fidelity reduced 140 cars, which is 18% of its total number of vehicles. There were 16% lesser cars entering the premises of Unitech Cyber Park and a 22% increase in cyclists on Tuesday.

AutonCab, a taxi and auto aggregator, clocked 1,200 rides this car-free day. According to reports from DLF, there was a 35% decrease in cars and 20% increase in two-wheelers on Tuesday in Cyber City.

Meanwhile, there was no traffic congestion on the four car-free stretches. All four roads had minimal traffic in the day, as on-road parking was strictly prohibited by the police on these roads.

However, minor snarls were seen during peak hours at major junctions, including Subhash Chowk and Shankar Chowk.

The first edition of car-free day was observed on September 22 and the event has been promoted by the Gurgaon police in collaboration with some private firms on every Tuesday.

First Published: Oct 21, 2015 00:27 IST