The next edition of Raahgiri Day will see an extended version of what has become known as the country’s only car-free carnival. The Gurgaon Police on Thursday approved plans to extend the Raahgiri loop by another six km, so that it will now include parts of the Golf Course Road, St Thomas Mark and the stretch parallel to Sector 44 Road.
Four new stretches of roads, in addition to the original Raahgiri Day circuit near Galleria Market, will be partially blocked to enable safe passage for pedestrians and cyclists. These segregated corridors will be connected to the main venue via the 30-metre wide road that passes runs along Vyapar Kendra.
“This concept of non-motorized transport, promoted by Raahgiri Day, can only work if communities like ours participate by becoming links to the main event. We have committed ourselves to this movement by making it more convenient for cyclists and pedestrians in some of our areas to reach the main Raahgiri Day venue using active commuting,” said Akash Ohri, executive director, business development, DLF.
Joint commissioner of police Bharti Arora confirmed that the proposal to extend the Raahgiri route in Gurgaon was approved. “The extended loop is connected to the main circuit, and this will introduced on the coming Sunday,” she told TOI.
According to Sarika Panda of EMBARQ India, which is among the organizers of Raahgiri Day, extending the NMT routes across Gurgaon should be the long-term goal for this campaign. “This is how things change. Aside from the carnival that is Raahgiri Day, our main objective remains helping set up more and more safe corridors for pedestrians and cyclists in this city. This is a great beginning,” she said.