The RWA Federation Ghaziabad on Thursday met the mayor, and the commissioner of Ghaziabad Municipal Corporation (GMC) to support the next car-free day, to be observed on April 10.
The federation has requested Mayor Ashu Verma to write to city councillors to take active part in the event, and also asked GMC commissioner Abdul Samad to issue an advisory to his staff to avoid cars on the day. Both the mayor and the commissioner have promised the federation their full support, along with the assurance that they would themselves shun cars that day.
Chairman of the RWA Federation, Colonel (Retd) TP Tyagi, told City Spidey that this time there would be special focus on Indirapuram, Jaipuria Mall Square, Ashiana Upwan Square, Aditya Mall Square (Nyay Khand) and Mangal Bazar (Gyan Khand). Volunteers will offer flowers to car drivers, put stickers on cars that read "I am willing to carpool" and distribute pamphlets that showcase the effects of air pollution. They will also take photographs of those driving cars to put up on various social networking sites.
Paras Nath, regional director of the Pollution Control Board, has been requested to record levels of PM 2.5 (particulate matter of size 2.5 micrometre) at Gate No 1 of East End Apartments in Ahinsa Khand II, Indirapuram.
In addition to this, a number of teams will be stationed at various points across Ghaziabad, including those under PS Singh and Sanjay Gupta at Atal Chowk, Vasundhara; those under GS Siddhu and Parag Chaudhary at Mohan Nagar Square; those under Rajiv Agarwal and RK Garg at Chaudhary Mod; those under Raj Kumar Tyagi and AK Rai at Raj Nagar Extension Square; and those under RK Arya and VP Singh at Swadeshi Square in Vijay Nagar. There will also be additional teams under Arif Khan, general secretary of Consortium of Ghaziabad.
Apart from the car-free day, the RWA Federation will also request the Ghaziabad administration to implement the odd-even policy in the city, and ask CONRWA (Confederation of NCR Resident Welfare Associations) to implement the scheme in Noida, Gurgaon and Faridabad.