Tuesday, 11 October 2011

World Car Free Day observed

Green activists at a cycle rally on Thursday called for keeping private cars off the road one day a week to cut down the capital city’s traffic congestion and pollution.

They demanded increasing the tax on car imports and parking to encourage better public transport system.

Organised by the Save the Environment Movement the cycle rally started at National Museum and ended at Central Shaheed Minar to mark World Car Free Day said an SEM press release.

SEM chairman Abu Naser Khan said that an ever growing number of private cars were contributing to traffic congestion and road accidents, increased expenditure for road construction, environment pollution and greater power consumption day by day.

He said that a sustainable transport system required coordinated steps to encourage walking and the use of cycles.

Nagorik Odhikar Sangrakhan president Hafizur Rahman, Save the Environment Movement secretary Sabina Nayeem, Dhaka Cycling Club general secretary Azharul Islam were present.

Jagannath University student Meshkatul Alam won a cycle at the raffle draw.

World Car Free Day observed

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