In an effort to reduce air pollution and promote usage of public transport in the national capital, Transport Minister Gopal Rai on Monday called upon citizens to use one car per family.

“The Delhi government is serious about tackling the issue of air pollution in the capital. Our government will launch various campaign, like encouraging usage of public transport, promote car-pooling, increase use of bicycles, lane driving, check car pollution, urging citizen to use one car per family,  walk every day and stay healthy,” Rai said.

Sharing his government&’s plan to kick off Ab bus karein (Now stop it) campaign on October 22, Rai said, “On 22 October, the city will observe a car free day with the theme title, Ab bas karein (Now stop it) and slogan – Jan Parivahan Swasthya Jeevan (Public transport for healthy life). The government will ensure that there is no entry of private cars on the road from India Gate to Red Fort stretch on the particular day.”

“Adequate public transport facilities would be provided on the route,” Rai said, adding that a cycle rally will be held on that route.

“The government has decided to run a comprehensive campaign to make people aware about congestion and pollution-free Delhi, including skits, posters, banner and promotion through social-media,” the transport-minister said.

“The transport department will convene a preparatory meeting on October 1 to prepare a final outline for the October 22 event,” he said, adding, “The meeting would be attended by senior officials of several 12 agencies – the Delhi Transport Corporation, the Delhi Metro Railway Corporation, the DPCC, the Public Work Department, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, the New Delhi Municipal Corporation, ITDP, EMBARQ, the Delhi traffic police and the Delhi Police.”

The initiative by the Aam Aadmi Party government comes following the high level of air pollution in the city as revealed in several studies. Earlier, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) too had acted tough to maintain the air quality in the city by demanding to ban diesel vehicle which are more than 10 years old on the city roads.