Going that extra mile
Tuesday is World Car Free Day. And why should the Millennium City be left out of the celebrations? In respect to this, Gurgaon Police <g data-gr-id="41">have</g> issued an advisory to five private schools in the area, requesting parents not to send their wards to schools in their personal cars. This is an initiative taken by the Gurgaon Police to mark the World Car Free Day and make it a routine to decongest the floating traffic.
According to the information received, DAV School, K R Mangalam World School, GEMS International School, Shri Ram School and Shiv Nadar School — all have agreed to send out circulars requesting parents not to send their kids in their personal cars and have also urged school teachers to use public transport.
A circular sent to Shri Ram School read: “Keeping in mind that at least 40 per cent of the floating traffic in Gurgaon is caused by school-goers using their personal transport, we urge our parent community to use alternate means of car pool to send their wards to school. Use public transport, bicycles or walk if their house is close to the school.”
Similarly, Salwan Public School and Amity International School have sent out circulars to parents urging them to use public transport.
As a special gesture, we have issued badges to students which read, Car-at-Rest and bus services will be provided to all students to avoid traffic on roads, said, Sandhya Awasthi, principal, Salwan Public School. Gurgaon Police <g data-gr-id="33">have</g> also listed some do’s and don’ts on their Facebook page to avoid confusion regarding the matter. One of the popular driving schools in the Millennium City has come forward to help Gurgaon Police in this regard.
“We will cancel all our classes and make our cars available for car <g data-gr-id="32">pooling,</g> so that more and more people can travel per car,” Pranavjeet Singh, manager, Singh driving school told Millennium Post.
Bharti Arora, Joint Commissioner of Police said: “We are not banning the use of personal cars and neither people will be penalised for using their own vehicles. This is just an initiative to make the World Car Free Day a success in Gurgaon so that it can be done every Tuesday to control traffic issues plaguing the city”.
Navdeep Singh Virk, Commissioner, Gurgaon Police says: “This is a collective social responsibility that needs to be adopted by citizens themselves. It is very important to make them realise this rather than thrust upon them this initiative.”