HC to UT: Why not make Sector 17 a vehicle-free zone? : Car Free and NMT Movement in Punjab Haryana and Chandigarh

Posted on 3rd March 2012 in Indian Express
Why not make Sector 17 a vehicle-free zone after 4 pm? Raising this query, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday, asked Advocate Sanjay Kaushal, senior standing counsel for Chandigarh Administration to seek instructions in this regard.

Aimed at making Sector 17 a pedestrian-friendly zone, a division bench comprising Justice Surya Kant and Justice Ajay Tewari made it clear that the time has come to pass directions to make certain areas in Sectors vehicle-free zones. Sanjay Kaushal sought time to seek instructions in this regard to start the experiment. The bench suggested that no vehicles should be allowed to enter Sector 17 market after 4 pm from Lyon's restaurant (from Sector 15 side) to Sahab Singh (from Sector 18 side).

The development took place during the resumed hearing of a PIL arising of a suo motu notice taken by the High Court on a news item published by The Indian Express, which had highlighted the significance of eco-cabs and environment-friendly cabs, innovated by Navdeep Asija, a Fazilka-based resident.

The bench told counsel for Administration to start making vehicle free-zones in various sectors including Sector 16, inhabited by High Court Judges and other VIPs. "Let the VVIPs have a sense of discipline" the Bench orally remarked.

The Bench also discussed the Metro and its advantages. Various suggestions like appointment of a non motor transportation cell, imparting special training to traffic personnel were also discussed. The Bench also suggested that certain areas of the city could be reserved only for running eco-cabs, a specially designed rickshaw. The modern rickshaws, popularly known as 'eco-cabs', are 25 per cent lighter than the existing models.


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