Gurgaon goes ‘car-free’ to check traffic, pollution

The city administration and corporate groups are all set to observe ‘car-free day’, first of the move scheduled for every Tuesday to reduce traffic jams and pollution.

Every Tuesday, the administration will promote the use of metro, cycle rickshaws, autos, shared cabs and car pools instead of private vehicles.

However, cars are not banned.

Different agencies have taken up roles to promote the initiative.

On ‘car-free day’, on-street parking will not be available as a way to incentivise the use non-motorised and public transport.

Further, shuttle buses will ply between major metro stations such as Huda City Centre, Sikanderpur, Indusind Bank Cyber City, Kapashera border to major IT hubs.

Buses have been increased to provide last-mile connectivity to Metro commuters.

Leisure Valley ground is set to be the city’s massive parking lot for the day.

While people can park cars at the Leisure Valley ground and avail shuttle services to different routes, wrongly parked cars lifted by police from across the city can also be collected from here. “Shuttl, an app-based service, will be available from Leisure Valley ground to all four stretches on Tuesdays. However, anybody wrongly parking cars on roads will be challaned and their cars will be towed away. People should also be prepared for a surprise zero-tolerance day by the traffic police this week,” said Bharti Arora, joint commissioner of police (traffic), Gurgaon.

She said five cranes each, a total of 20 cranes, will be stationed at the four roads to tow away the wrongly parked cars.

While the event will be observed in the entire city, four major IT corridors have been identified to make the campaign more concentrated — DLF Cyber City, Unitech Cyber Park area (Netaji Subhash Road), Golf Course Road and Electronic City (Udyog Vihar).

Corporate firms will pitch in, as most of their employees use cars. They will provide alternative transport options.

DLF limited and other companies on Golf Course Road have assured to provide guards in their respective areas.

Unitech will provide the cones and ropes required to segregate the cycle track along the path from HUDA City Centre to Netaji Subhash Chowk.

The Gurgaon administration is emulating Hyderabad that successfully implemented the same concept on the past four Thursdays.

Cyberabad managed to push 10,000 private vehicles off the roads, save 100,000 personal hours on road and 37,500 litres of fuel, and avoid 78 tonnes of CO2 in just four such days.

The Gurgaon administration expects the move will improve commuting in the city, which is home to over half the Fortune 500 companies, and foster work culture.

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