These events were organised by DDC Delhi to support the ‘Yuddh Pradushan Ke Viruddh’ citizen-engagement campaign launched by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Delhi Sh. Arvind Kejriwal to engage and encourage citizens to take responsibility for reducing air pollution. The campaign is aimed at ensuring individuals and communities adopt actions like switching off one’s engine at red traffic lights, reducing usage of one’s private vehicles, reporting pollution-causing activities on the ‘Green Delhi’ mobile app, among others.
Neighbourhood Raahgiri is a car-free citizen initiative that advocates for safe, accessible and inclusive public streets. The central idea of ‘Raahgiri Day’ events is to allow people to experience a street without cars which can help them reimagine what our streets can be and inculcate important behavioural changes in how we see our streets and our environment. When people can truly get a feel for what it is like to reclaim and enjoy public spaces, they demand it more. Raahgiri Day inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent the street as a public space and as the heart of every community. This awareness and desire can play a big role in seeing changes on our streets. Creating open streets and public spaces for such activities also promotes public health, well-being, fitness, togetherness and joy.
Four Raahgiri Day events were hosted by DDC Delhi in Patparganj (East Delhi), Najafgarh (Outer Delhi), Chittranjan Park (South Delhi) and Burari (North Delhi) in the presence of local MLAs. On Raahgiri Days, a road stretch of around a kilometer was cordoned off for a few hours on Sunday mornings so that local residents could occupy it in large numbers and use the same for recreation that promotes health, wellbeing, fitness, togetherness and joy. A range of activities such as walking, running, cycling, skating, street games, music band, painting, dancing, performing arts, yoga, aerobics, Zumba etc. will be organised.
Delhi residents, especially children, artists, fitness experts etc. thronged the Raahgiri Day events even on winter mornings and people from all age groups appreciated DDC Delhi’s Raahgiri Day campaign against pollution. Amidst a flurry of fun activities, thousands of local residents and school children would pledge to join Delhi’s mass movement against pollution by reducing their share of pollution. Cycle rallies were organised at the venues and electric cycle companies spread awareness among the attendees about sustainable mobility. The creative ways in which Delhi Government school students expressed their concerns about the environment and the future of the planet garnered much attention.
Raahgiri 1- East Delhi
Date: 14 November 2021 (on the occasion of Children’s Day) (7 AM to 10 AM)
Location:Patparganj (Stretch of road between BSES Yamuna Power Limited office and Sarvodaya Kanya/Bal Vidyalaya in West Vinod Nagar, Patparganj)
Chief Guests:Sh. Manish Sisodia (Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi and Patparganj MLA) and Sh. Jasmine Shah (Vice Chairperson, DDC Delhi)
Raahgiri 2- Outer Delhi
Date: 28 November 2021 (7 AM to 10 AM)
Location:Najafgarh (Stretch of road from R C Institute of Technology, Najafgarh towards Mitraon)
Chief Guests:Sh. Kailash Gahlot (Delhi Transport Minister and Najafgarh MLA) and Sh. Jasmine Shah (Vice Chairperson, DDC Delhi)
Raahgiri 3- South Delhi
Date: 12 December 2021 (7:30 AM to 10:30 AM)
Location:Chittranjan Park (EPDP main road stretch, between Pocket 40 and K1 Block)
Chief Guests:Sh. Saurabh Bhardwaj (Greater Kailash MLA), Smt. Atishi (Kalkaji MLA) and Sh. Gopal Mohan (Member, DDC Delhi and Advisor to Chief Minister)
Raahgiri 4- North Delhi
Date: 06 March 2022 (7:30 AM to 10:30 AM)
Location:Burari (from Pushta Road Baba Colony to Pradhan Colony)
Chief Guests:Sh. Sanjeev Jha (Burari MLA) and Smt. Reena Gupta (Environment Advisor to Delhi Government and Member of Delhi@2047 Steering Committee)