New Delhi: New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) has announced Raahgiri Day relaunching in Connaught Place, New Delhi from February 19, 2023 after the post pandemic period of Covid19.
The Raahgiri program is being relaunched under the theme of G-20 for creating sustainable and liveable cities, with a focus on sustainable mobility. The G-20 theme is a call for action, to create sustainable and safer cities, and Raahgiri Day aligns perfectly with this goal.
NDMC is organising the event of Raahgiri in partnership with Delhi Police, supported by the Raahgiri Foundation and Sustainable Mobility Network as the Knowledge Partners. Nagarro will be the CSR partner for the event.
This will be the first of a series of Raahgiri Days being hosted at Connaught Place and will be one of the events as part of “Delhi Police Week” taking place from 16th to 22nd February, with the themes of the event being road safety (with a focus on walkability of cities) and women safety.
During the event, the streets of Connaught Place will be transformed into a car-free zone, allowing residents to participate in a range of activities, including yoga classes, Zumba, sports zones, games, music, dance, and even educational programs on different issues including road safety, walkability, and women safety.
The Raahgiri Day is a concept that began in 2013 and is a car-free citizen initiative that advocates for safe, accessible, and inclusive public streets wherein people can walk to nearby markets and children can walk to nearby schools, safely. It is a rare sight to be able to see children playing on the street nowadays, owing to our streets not being children, or even people friendly.
The Raahgiri Day is a way to experientially show people that streets are not just made for cars, by reclaiming our streets and using them for community leisure activities. It is a day that inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent the street as a public space and as the heart of every community.
NDMC invites all the residents of Delhi to join the event on February 19, 2023, in Connaught Place and take part in the relaunch of Raahgiri Day. This is a unique opportunity to make a difference in our community, to enjoy the roads in a new way, and to help create a more sustainable, safe, and walkable city for everyone.