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Not many takers for car-free day

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With her roller skates on, young Vanshika hit the road in Dwarka soon after Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal flagged off the ‘Car Free Day’. She was among several children who emerged on the road with roller skates or on bicycles.

They were excited about a safe, empty stretch where she could skate or ride without any threat from speeding cars. But their enthusiasm came crashing down in an hour as very few car drivers agreed to stay off the six-kilometre long stretch.

Not that there was a lack of effort by the volunteers, government staff and civil defence workers deployed to ensure success of the exercise. From folding hands to lying about the exercise, they tried it all, but to little response.

But what stood out amidst all that was that the message behind the drive did not reach the commuters.

Many car drivers were found ignorant about the drive and those who were aware knew that it was a voluntary exercise.

Rude responses such as “I don’t want to co-operate” or “make it compulsory and I will follow” came frequently the volunteers’ way. An advocate travelling in a luxury car even threatened to sue some Delhi Civil Defence workers for blocking his way.

With planned and wide roads in place and several alternate routes, AAP volunteers had expected the exercise to be a fairly easy task. But by early noon, they were left re-planning their strategies.

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