Gurgaon schools gear up for ‘car-free’ Tuesdays

Instead, they have asked parents and students to use public transport, bicycles or walk if their house is close to the school.

Written by Sandali Tiwari | Gurgaon | Published: September 21, 2015 1:50 am

To celebrate ‘car-free day’ every Tuesday, the Gurgaon administration has roped in schools to sensitise parents and staff on not using personal vehicles for commuting.

According to traffic police, five city schools — DAV School, K R Mangalam World School, GEMS International School, Shri Ram School and Shiv Nadar School — have agreed to send out circulars, urging parents not to send their wards in personal cars and requesting teachers to use alternate transport.

Instead, they have asked parents and students to use public transport, bicycles or walk if their house is close to the school. A circular sent by Shri Ram School read, “Foreseeing the traffic chaos that the closure of four main roads can cause in Gurgaon, we urge our parent community to proactively work towards forming carpools of students living in their vicinity at the earliest. Students are urged to opt for carpooling with four passengers per vehicle (sedan), otherwise the car will not be permitted to stop at the school gate.” The same guidelines have been issued for school staff too.

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Salwan Public School has planned a special assembly for students and teachers on Monday to sensitise them on the issue.

“We are giving students badges, which read ‘Car-at-Rest’… As a special gesture, bus services will be made available for all students on Tuesday,” said Sandhya Awasthi, Principal, Salwan Public School.

Similarly, the administration of Amity International School has sent out circulars to parents, asking them to use public transport.

Kunskapsskolan, a Swedish school in Gurgaon, has been delivering lectures to students in its ‘base-group’ class that happens every morning. “We have been speaking to them about the benefits of a car-free society,” said Sunitha Nambiar, the principal.

In order to avoid confusion on Tuesdays, the Gurgaon Police has posted a list of ‘do’s and dont’s’ on its Facebook page.

The municipal corporation has also issued instructions to residents via text messages.

Bharti Arora, Joint Commissioner (Traffic) said, “We are urging people not to use their cars for a day. However, cars are not banned and commuters will not be penalised for using them. Car-free Tuesdays are a step forward, a collective social responsibility to reduce the city’s traffic. Alternate traffic arrangements have been made so that citizens do not face problems.”

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