Delhi to hold two more car free days, Kejriwal says he will cycle to office on those dates

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Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, on Sunday announced that Delhi will hold two more car free days in December and January.

Kejriwal, who led the capital’s second car-free day initiative on Sunday, said that he will cycle to office on those days. He asked people to do the same and leave their cars at home.

He tweeted, “22 Dec-Car free day in East Del. 22 Jan-lets all leave car 4 one day n go office on cycle or public transprt. I’ll go 2 my office on cycle. (sic)”

Earlier on Sunday, after the success of its first care-free day last month, Delhi organised its second similar initiative in the capital.

Held in Dwarka, those taking part in the anti-pollution campaign included Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia and his several other cabinet colleagues.

The impact of Delhi government’s first Car Free Day in the national capital had led to a 60 percent drop in the air pollution on the car-free stretch in comparison to the levels observed on a normal day.

A report released by the Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) had said, “The car-free initiative as well as the low traffic load on the national holiday of Dussehra has helped lower the pollution levels and toxic exposure in the city. ”

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 The report further added that on Thursday, the air ‘particulate matter (PM 2.5) was 265 micrograms per cubic metre (cu m) in comparison to a normal day, when the particulate normally was 689 micrograms per cu m.’

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) is an air pollutant that is a concern for people’s health when its levels in air are high.

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