Raahgiri Day comes to Palam Vihar
By Kanika Jindal
Gurgaon | April 19, 2014
From tomorrow i.e. 20th April 2014 onwards, Raahgiri Day will also be coming to a new locality in Gurgaon - Palam Vihar! With support from Gurgaon Police, a 3 km stretch, in addition to the already existing 11.5 km, will be blocked every Sunday from 6 am – 10 am making a total of 14.5 km of streets for people to enjoy!
Given the positive feedback from the residents of Gurgaon, Raahgiri Day has expanded from 4.5 km to 11.5 km in only 5 months. Be it the foggy winters or gradually approaching summers, residents of the city have broken all barriers and come out to participate in Raahgiri Day.
However, as the National Highway (NH-8) divides Gurgaon into two parts – new and old Gurgaon, the current 11.5 km of Raahgiri loop remains confined to the new side. Repeated requests from residents living on the other side of highway, have led the founding members – EMBARQ India, IAmGurgaon, Pedalyatri, in support from Palam Vihar Residents Association and Tabono Events, to expand the event further and bring it to the old Gurgaon side. “This will not only further the growth and objective of this movement, but will bring Raahgiri to the doorstep of residents living in and around Palam Vihar, who presently have to travel about 10-12 km to participate in the event”, said Sarika Panda, transport planner at EMBARQ India.
To make this extension possible the Palam Vihar Residents Association carried out multiple meetings with RWAs (Residents Welfare Association) of adjoining areas and held joint meetings with residents, to make sure people got aligned with the cause. With about 6 different RWA bodies supporting this initiative, the Palam Vihar Raahgiri extension has showcased a great sense of camaraderie and community building in Gurgaon.