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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Raahgiri : The Pedestrian’s Wing​

Raahgiri Day is a citizen initiative to reclaim the streets for the people, if only  for a couple of hours every Sunday. Raahgiri initiative has been organised by  Delhi Police and New Delhi Municipal Council & with the collaboration of  EMBARQ India. It is supported by The Times of India. It all started in  November, 2013 in Gurgaon which has now spread their wings till the heart of  Delhi in Connaught Place on 13 July, 2014.   Energies are infectious – of places and of people. The cheerful and colourful  ambience of people mingling, compliments the white architecture of  Connaught Place. There is something magical about seeing thousands of  people where they come in hope to collect and gain experience from the  cultured driven and creative souls. People have found the new place to  celebrate their new found freedom to walk, sing, dance and play on the  streets, as streets are closed for all the motor vehicles around the area.  Thousands leave their homes at sunrise to participate in Raahgiri which is also  “The People’s Movement” that literally translates to the rights to the road- to  reclaim the street for pedestrians. These healthy practices have helped people  to regain some composures and calmness with the coolness of morning dews  to refresh themselves from this hectic and stressful world of competitions. As   the pollution level have been daring the health of a person to compete, now  people have got a weapon against this, whether it’s just for couple of hours  but it truly worth it.  In Delhi, it happens over the 2.5km stretch of Connaught Place’s Inner Circle at  the heart of Delhi, which is closed off to all vehicles for 3hours. The stages  have been set for jogging, cycling, dancing, skating and exercising. Children  play tag sports like ‘Kho-Kho’ and ‘Pakdam Pakdai’. Girls and Boys give out free  hugs. Musicians plug at their guitars. People come in tow to have fun doing  everything from Yoga to Zumba to play football, cricket and badminton. This is  Delhi’s biggest party and everyone is invited to the morning bash.  With event seeing increasing attendance and attention each week, the New  Delhi Municipal Cooperation and Delhi Police are looking for further  expansion with area, security and the facilities. By taking small steps like these  someday New Delhi will soon reclaim street for people and every person with  pride and without hesitation could quote the famous dialogue from the movie  Singham “Yeh mera sehar hai aur mai yahan ka Baji Rao Singham/ Jai Kant  Sikare” whichever suits fine to a person.  Expert in this field of Sustainable Transport & Urban Development joined  representatives from India and around the world (including Delhi, Mumbai,  Ahmadabad, Bangalore, Pune, Chennai and Hyderabad in India as well as cities  in Netherlands, Australia, Germany and Canada) have decided to explore what  active transport and street for people could do for their cities.  Official website  
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