Students and teachers from Delhi University as well as schoolchildren were among those who participated in the fourth car-free day. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia led the cycle rally.
Members of AAP students’ wing, Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS), carried banners with slogans applauding the drive. Anmol Panwar of the CYSS said, “More than 300 students from DU actively participated in the cycle rally and were involved in the planning of the event. The roads around DU usually have cars parked on both sides, it’s nice to see that today is different. We have also been distributing plants to participants as a symbol of hope for a greener Delhi.”
Aman Nawaz of All India Students’ Association (CPI-ML students wing), however, said, “I’m not certain that the event appealed to all students in DU. I saw a fair number of cars on the roads in the area around DU.”
Transport Minister Gopal Rai appreciated the participation of the students, but also addressed the fact that people did not participate as much as the government would have liked.
He said the next car-free day would be held on February 22 in South Delhi. The government sought “innovative ideas” from people for the event. “Any citizen interested in giving us ideas to improve the next car-free day can send them in by text message to 9871215875,” said Rai.
Addressing a gathering after the rally, Sisodia said, “It is the intention of this government to bust the myth that a big car is a status symbol in Delhi. A man with a big car is a big man in terms of money, but a man who rides a cycle is a big man in terms of thought.”