68 per cent respondents favour car-free day: Chandigarh Adviser

Says that judges of High Court divided over this issue.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:March 5, 2016 4:23 am
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THE RESCHEDULED date of March 20 for the much postponed car-free day in City Beautiful has found favour with 68 per cent of respondents on mygov.in, UT Advisor Vijay Dev said on Friday.

Opinion was bound to be divided on an issue like this, Dev said, pointing out that even the judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, with some of whom he had a conversation on the subject, had differing views on it.

At a Meet ther Press event at the Chandigarh Press Club, Dev, however, said no measure would be eased without the backing and support of Chandigarh residents, but also pointed out that sometimes, members of the public tend to create opinion on the basis of their personal preferences rather than look at the overall picture.

In the poll on mygov.in, 68 per cent of respondents are in favour of the car-free day to be introduced on March 20 while 32 per cent have voted against the concept.

The administration is also mulling introducing the odd-even formula that was tried in Delhi to ease vehicular congestion in the city.

“Even for even-odd concept, there are contrasting views. Such experiments can be done only with the support of general public,” he reiterated.

The administration has twice postponed the car-free day. It was first decided to be held on February 28. It was postponed to March 13 and later to March 20.

As per the plan, the car-free day will be observed once a month. The use of private motorised vehicles will be banned throughout the city from 7 am to 2 pm. As per the proposal, the residents will be allowed to use bicycle or public transport for commuting. People entering into the city from Panchkula and Mohali will also have to use public transport. The administration is in talks with Panchkula and Mohali administrations for making it a Tricity event.

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