BENGALURU: To encourage use of public transport in Bengaluru, the transport department has decided to launch a campaign – Less Traffic Day – to reduce the number of private vehicles plying on city streets.
Transport Minister H.M. Revanna said here on Friday that the city already has 64 lakh private vehicles and the move has been considered after the disastrous effect of smog in Delhi and other north Indian towns. “The Less Traffic Day campaign begins from February and will be observed on every second Sunday,” he said.
“We are not banning private vehicles that day, but we will try to create an awareness among Bengalureans to utilise public transport or hire yellow board vehicles to bring down pollution,” he said.
He said a meeting was held between officials of the transport department, traffic police and pollution control board. “We’ll have another round of talks to finalise the campaign modalities,” he said.
The less traffic day concept is perhaps a second such campaign in the city after 'Bus Day', which was initiated under the BJP regime.
Soon after Revanna was sworn in as Transport Minister, he avoided taking his official car on his first day to office. Instead he took a BMTC bus, and paid for his ticket to Vidhana Soudha....