Car free days proposed for Ahmedabad in draft budget

In order to bring down pollution levels and ease traffic woes, the AMC’s annual draft budget of Rs 5,655 crore categorically talks about the importance of a car-free day.

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published:January 8, 2016 2:13 am
The commuters are stuck at Raipur Darwaja in a long traffic jam. Due to such jams commuters throng BRTS lane as well. Express Photo by Javed Raja. 17.10.2014. The commuters stuck at Raipur Darwaja in a long traffic jam. Due to such jams commuters throng BRTS lane as well. (Source: Express Photo by Javed Raja)

FLOATING THE concept of “clean, green and blue Ahmedabad”, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) Commissioner D Thara officially announced the plan to keep cars off roads on certain days in her draft annual budget for 2016-17 presented on Thursday.

In order to bring down pollution levels and ease traffic woes, the AMC’s annual draft budget of Rs 5,655 crore categorically talks about the importance of a car-free day.

An estimated Rs 10 crore would be allocated under the pollution action control plan.

“With the number of vehicles increasing at a very fast pace, the traffic problem has emerged as a major concern. Due to this, not only labour, time and expense of residents are going waste, but also the pollution levels have shot up. Thus, it is very important to follow car free days, traffic rules and use of public transport system,” the draft budget stated.

Municipal Commissioner D Thara, during the presentation of the draft budget, stressed the need to create a clean environment infrastructure.

“This year’s budget aims at providing clean air, green cover and portable water by strengthening environment, drainage and water supply projects. This will also help in reduction of many water- and air-borne diseases,” she said.

The AMC also proposed development of 5,000 locations as designated parking lots. For this, 200 women working under self-help groups would be trained and then employed as “parking marshals”.

Using the information technology, various mobile apps were also proposed under the budget.

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    ab
    Jan 9, 2016 at 11:42 am
    better plan Rixa free and laari free days. and see the miracle that day.
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      amish patel
      Jan 8, 2016 at 4:30 am
      What a joke care free days? This is like failure of government managerial ability as in just around 60 days of independence we are going backward to ban rather than providing efficient services. Govt should consider other available and most effective options like 1) consider to check up or controll below BS II vehicles like atul shakti auto rickshaws, old diesel trucks and cargo vehicles, kerosin churning CNG autos. 2) consider to check up or control Chocked cross roads and busy roads due to illegal parking, auto rickshaws, and street vendors on roads 3) consider to check up or control Open spaces due to poorly planned, executed, implementation and approved of road projects, Garbage burning in Open spaces, Industrial pollution near residential areas. Due to in effective and efficient city transport service only lacs of ordinary citizens are pushed to buy and travell through their private vehicles. Examples: 1) BRTS has reach to around 5 % of ahmedabad areas 2) Beleive me its' true, AMTS works with out any time table when ever you ask tele operator he will answer every half n hour you will have bus at your spot. 3)No bus stops only single poll, imagine what happens in rainy seasons 4)No controlls over number of persons to be allowed in autorickshaws, for instance shttle auto rickshaws in most of area are running with load of 8 to 10 persons instead of official allowed limit of 3-4. 5) More ever, conditions of our city buses, I cant understand what's logic or cost cutting to be achieved by buying buses with out any cushioning seats (made of slippery plastic) and high ground clearance. It pains me to see old age people with usual arthritis problem literally climbing on bus parked in middle of road with out any bus stop. So, Car free days are not solution to be considering above all points. I hope this message go through our governments. God bless us all Indians
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