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21-27 November 2014

Vol. 4 No. 14  Pages 16  ` 10

{ Abhishek Behl / FG }

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aahgiri turned One on November 16, and it did so in great style. There was colour, music, song dance and more to celebrate the First anniversary of this ‘movement’, which has been designed to promote walking & cycling and the ‘release’ of public spaces - especially roads, which are today dominated by the ubiquitous motor vehicles. The vision has been aptly summed up in the Raahgiri slogan: 'Apni Raahen, Apni Aazadi'. It’s time for the quiet 80% non-motorised to reclaim their space from the noisy 20%, who perhaps believe that the road is another piece of real estate that they have bought along with their cars! The organisers and core supporters, a group of committed NGOs and corporates, said that the movement has made a great impact, and the people of the City have become more sensitive to the needs of cyclists and walkers. Manas Fuloria, MD, Nagarro (Europe), a Gurgaonbased company that has supported Raahgiri as well as other initiatives for the promotion of NonMotorised Transport (NMT), said that this experiment (now movement) has been wonderful

RNI No. HARENG/2011/39319, Postal Regn. No. GRG/35/2012-2014

Happy Raahgiri

prakhar PANDEY

Contd. on p 4

Our (to be) Model Village 2016 { Abhishek Behl / FG }

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arhi Bolni village in Rewari district had been ignored by the State for many years, as it was identified too closely with Gurgaon MP Rao Inderjit Singh, who had challenged CM Hooda for long and then finally switched

and has helped sensitise the administration and citizens on the need for safer roads, less pollution and more cycles across the City. "Raahgiri has become more than just a localised event where people meet every Sunday. We now have to work towards spreading this message across the City, and ensuring that some actions are taken by the administration at ground level – like the setting up of better and more cycling tracks, pedestrian crossings and walkways,” said Fuloria. Many people and organisations who have silently worked behind the scenes to take this movement forward are happy that Raahgiri has created the required buzz in the first year itself, and has found favour in other parts of the country – including the Capital. Prabhat Agarwal, a technocrat turned social entrepreneur, who has supported Raahgiri from day one, opined that this movement is the culmination of a sustained campaign by an informed group of city residents who gathered under the umbrella of ‘Non-Motorised Transport’. This group has been promoting walking, cycling and the use of public transport through public events, workshops and lectures. It was to promote Non-Motorised

sides to the BJP. The decision to join the saffron party proved right for the Rewari scion, and also lucky for the residents of this historic village, which traces roots back to the 12th. century. In a fortunate turn of events, Garhi Bolni has been adopted by Union Minister Rao Inderjit Singh under the 'Saansad Adarsh Gram Yo-

jana' (SAGY) - the MP Model Village Scheme - that was launched recently by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As per the Yojana, which is a demand driven model for village development, each MP will take the responsibility of developing the physical and institutional infrastructure of 3 villages by 2019 (of which 1 prakhar PANDEY

should be completed by 2016). The MP has to ensure the villages' upliftment, by laying special emphasis on areas like education, health, water, toilets and general sanitation. Garhi Bolni is a sprawling village very close to NH 8, just on the Haryana-Rajasthan border. The Village falls in Bawal tehsil of Rewari district. Fortunately Garhi Bolni has the basic foundation on which a super-structure could be developed. Bolni has had a village Primary school since the 1940s, and the current 10 plus 2 school is very popular. The local post office was set up by the British even before Independence. The Village, which is at the centre of almost 40 villages, also serves as a market for a number of nearby villages of Rajasthan. Ramesh Chand, the Naib Tehsildar (who also has a farm in Gurgaon) says that the

Village has strong connections with the Rewari Royal family for centuries, and has been historically connected with the Raos. "We supported Rao Birender Singh (ex-CM) in the past, and now the entire area supports Rao Inderjit Singh, who has championed the cause of South Haryana. Contd. on p 4-5

Hai Ye Gurgaon Meri Jaan At the Mini-Secretariat an employee cannot leave his seat without mentioning where – and why - he is moving!

WhatsApps HUDA: 09555831832 (for reporting sanitation issues) Police: 08586976050 (for logging any complaint or reporting any crime)

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