Agartala: Cycle-club demands pollution-free day

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Agartala, Jan 7: A voluntary organization in Agartala-Agartala Cycle Club-that spearheads an anti-pollution drive in the city requested Chief Minister Manik Sarkar to declare 'car holiday' once a week in government sectors to reduce oil import bills. However, this was not the only reason they made such a request. Jayanta Roy, the ACC executive and a medical academic sought strong action against air and noise pollution.

"We want everyone from the highest ranking officers to the lowest in the administration to avail public transport once a week, emulating Union petroleum minister M Verappa Moily who travels by public transport every Wednesday," he said.

Furthermore, he criticized the restriction on small car and autorickshaws in the city and said that the government should chart out fares on a kilometer basis when it comes to rickshaws and autos. He also demanded better public transport system, which include comfortable and frequent buses between 6 am and 10 pm, covering various areas of the city and the outskirts.

Complaining of illegal parking by cars adorning the red beacons that leads to traffic jams, the member condemned the wastage of government resources and unnecessary usage of private cars.

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