Day 249 : 22-Oct-15

Steps taken by AAP government in Delhi on 22-Oct-15:

  1. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal led a cycle rally to mark Delhi’s first ever ‘Car-Free Day’, which was held between Red Fort and Bhagwan Das Marg. (Source1) (Source2) (Source3) (Source4) (Source5) (Source6)
  2. The Delhi government led by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that it was stripping the powers of the Delhi Waqf Board, transferring all its duties and responsibilities to the revenue secretary. (Source1) (Source2) (Source3)
  3. Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai said the city government will organise ‘Car-Free Day’ across the national capital on September 22 next year, a day observed as the World Car-Free Day. (Source)
  4. The first Car-Free Day in Delhi led to a 60 per cent drop in the air pollution on the car-free stretch in comparison to the levels observed on a normal day, a report released by the CSE) said. (Source1) (Source2) (Source3)
  5. Terming Delhi’s first car-free day a “success” and the “beginning of a revolution”, Transport Minister Gopal Rai on Wednesday announced that the capital will witness another ‘car-free’ day soon. (Source1) (Source2) (Source3)

Related News:

  1. DCW chief Swati Maliwal met Union Minister of Home Affairs Rajnath Singh and said there is an absence of synergy between Central Government, Delhi Government and Police and hence a coordinated response towards women safety is lacking. (Source1) (Source2)
  2. The city’s first car-free day received a mixed reaction from environmental groups with Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) claiming that a huge drop was seen in the pollution level due to the drive even as Greenpeace India termed it as a “symbolic initiative”. (Source)
  3. Gandhigiri was on display at the car-free stretch between Red Fort and India Gate with transport department staff and volunteers offering roses to those reluctant to put breaks on their vehicles. (Source)
  4. Delhi’s first car-free day had its share of teething issues and organisational hiccups, with many officials seemingly clueless about the proceedings. (Source1) (Source2)
  5. 27 safai karamchari unions in Delhi have decided to go on strike starting Oct/23 until their demands are met. (Source)

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