Odd-Even Debut: Delhi Children Volunteers Lead The Way

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Odd-Even Debut: Delhi Children Volunteers Lead The Way

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Many student from schools around the capital were seen holding placards and talking to commuters about the benefits of cycling and carpooling.

New Delhi:  In a bid to cut smog in the world's most polluted capital, Delhi government launched its ambitious odd-even car scheme on Friday.

As the clock ticked 8 on the first day of the New Year, traffic police personnel and civil defence volunteers could be seen implementing the odd-even vehicular restrictions on the city roads.

Among volunteers were many schoolchildren of the city. Students from various schools around the capital joined the NDTV #Icantbreathe campaign taking to the streets to assist traffic police in enforcing the pilot plan that will stay in force until January 15.

Speaking to NDTV, Executive Director of Centre for Science and Environment Anumita Roy Choudhury said children will form an important force in changing mindsets by motivating people to give up vehicles and using more public transport.

Though on winter break, class 8 students of Venkateshwera International school began the first day of the year holding placards, speaking to commuters about the benefits of cycling and carpooling.

To ensure safety of the children, a school staff was asked to monitor their movement and young volunteers were not allowed to venture out on the roads and remained positioned on the sidewalks.

Not only school, but college students also actively participated in the drive. Students from Delhi University were seen on green cycles in a bid to inspire others to choose eco-friendly mode of transport.

While the Delhi government has announced 6,000 more buses to hit city roads to make the odd-even drive a success, many people remain sceptical.

However, activist Harsh Mander on an optimistic note, applauded the students for their efforts to be agents of change.


 

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