• Petitioned The Planner's and Administrator's in Chandigarh

This petition was delivered to:

Adviser, Chandigarh Administration, Chandigarh
The Planner's and Administrator's in Chandigarh
Chief Architect, Chandigarh
Sumit Kaur
Urban Poverty alleviation and livelihood cell
Municipal Corporation Chandigarh
Minister of Urban Development, Government of India
Kamal Nath
Finance Secretary, Chandigarh
Vijoy Kumar Singh
Home Secretary
Satya Gopal
Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh
Governer, Administrator-Chandigarh
Shivraj Patil
Member of Parliament
Pawan Kumar Bansal

Create no vehicle zones and safer pedestrian and cycling zones

    1. Arshinder Kaur
    2. Petition by

      Arshinder Kaur

      Chandigarh, India

Designed as a garden city, the first planned city of Independent India, Chandigarh is setting a bad example for environmental and community safety with it having the highest number of vehicles per capita the 1.2 million people own 8,00,000 vehicles and an estimated 1,00,000 driving through every day.

Increasing vehicular population along with the demand for mobility is encroaching our parks, roads and pedestrians in an unsustainable manner. Higher number of individual vehicles is leading to more laying of asphalt, a major contributor to climate change. While the public transport system is being operated at 5 % efficiency, parks, pedestrians and inner narrow roads have given way to parking spaces for vehicles thus compromising largely with environmental and community safety.  

A study by the Chandigarh city traffic police indicates that most people who died in road accidents in Chandigarh over past five years were pedestrians followed by cyclists. 195 pedestrians have lost their lives so far including 28 people in the first 9 months of 2011.

Let’s demand the Chandigarh Administration to do evidence based planning and ensure:

1. To create dedicated, connected, greener and safer cycling lanes and pedestrian lanes to provide incentives for more bicycling and pedestrian users in each sector of Chandigarh

 2. To Create “No vehicles zones”; especially in the denser sectors, i.e. 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 34, 35, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, thus regulate the current vehicular traffic;

3. Regulate the use of horn from the vehicles;

4. Removal of Asphalt from the “no Vehicle zones” and replacement with more greener opportunities in the form of ecological community agro-forestry gardens.

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Recent signatures


    1. 49 more youngsters from Chandigarh signed on the petition.

      Arshinder Kaur
      Petition Organizer

      These signatures were made possible through the Rotaract club of Chandigarh. Its impressive to see the momentum gaining edge and that youth are realizing that fumes through vehicles leads to reduced productivity and an early dementia.

    2. Hundred signatures in one appeal at Sector 22 Gurudwara, Chandigarh

      Arshinder Kaur
      Petition Organizer

      Huge support and empathy came from the community in the evening congregation today at Sector 22 Gurudwara (the Sikh temple), in Chandigarh. Aged women and men used to reducing pedestrian paths and walk ways- i felt and observed, were the most affected. They waited to put their signatures on the petition. Some Youngsters there pledged immediately the reduction in the use of their motorcycles and the community stood by my side in making this petition to the administration. There were people from various sectors, such as sector 20, 21,37, 40, 41, 47 and even Mohali who stood in the chill and wanting to congratulate on this petition as they said it is much needed in this city. This is a people's petition based on social inclusiveness. Please share this petition for further support and help us create a better and a safe city for ourselves.

    3. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Amit Kapoor PANCHKULA, INDIA
      • about 2 years ago

      We used to cycle without fear of traffic on city roads in Chandigarh in late 80's and early 90's . But now we cannot even think of giving the cycle to our kids for fear of traffic and no proper cycle tracks and motorists caring far less for those on the cycle. So whatever little is possible to make cycling enjoyable n safe should be done by the administration.To ease traffic even and odd number vehicles can be given permission to ply on alternate days . On some others rules should be made minimum 4 people in car to ply on those high density roads like Madhya Marg otherwise one should use alternate routes are some ways traffic can be reduced .

    • jan jongert ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
      • over 2 years ago

      Since worldwide, our website superuse.org happens to be most popular amongst inhabitants of Chandigarh (ranked #9000) there must be a deep interest and drive to move towards sustainable development. By signing this petition i hope to support this direction.

      • over 2 years ago

      Because I would like to live in a safer and more peaceful environment and more importantly because I care for the way I want to leave it for our younger generation so that they can continue to enjoy the same.

    • Robert Munger AUGUSTA, GA
      • over 2 years ago

      Auto proliferation and autocentric development patterns are unhealthy for cities and for the earth's environment.

    • Jyoti Sharma MUMBAI, INDIA
      • over 2 years ago

      I am proud of The City Beautiful.Being in a transferable job I did so much publicity of this city in whatever city I worked.Making cycling tracks will make cycling safe which is a cheaper and eco-friendly mode of transport.Besides, people love vehicle free zones like The central Plaza in Sector 17 which has become a meeting point for all local people and tourists as it is safe and pollution free .


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