New Delhi: Delhi has gone car-free for the second time and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also joined the initiative.
Addressing a gathering at an event of 'Car-Free Day' held on the road stretch between Dwarka Sector 3-13 and Sector 7-9, Kejriwal said his government vows to take Car-Free Day from being symbolic to a reality.
The Chief Minister also appealed to people to forgo cars and opt for cycle or public transport to go to their offices.
Kejriwal also said that the Aam Aadmi Party government was working on cycle-tracks in the national capital to further bolster the initiative.
Members of Indian Administrative Services (IAS) and Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service (DANICS) Officers' Association also participated in the cycle rally, which was also attended by Delhi Chief Secretary K K Sharma.
Transport Minister Gopal Rai on the occasion said the government was getting warm response from people towards its Car-Free initiatives.
The Delhi Government presently holds Car-Free Day on separate stretches in different areas on the 22nd of every month. On October 22, the transport department had held such
event between from Red Fort to India Gate.
The next Car-Free Day here will be held in East Delhi's Patparganj area on December 22.
"22 Dec-Car free day in East Del. 22 January -lets all leave car for one day and go office on cycle or public transport. I'll go to my office on cycle (sic)," Kejriwal later tweeted.
22 Dec-Car free day in East Del. 22 Jan-lets all leave car 4 one day n go office on cycle or public transprt. I'll go 2 my office on cycle— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) November 22, 2015
He said there was a 60 per cent reduction in pollution level on stretch between Red Fort and India Gate during Car-Free Day on October 22.
(With additional information from PTI)