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What is Chakra Satyagraha?
Kolkata police has barred Cycles and Non- motorized transport from 174 thoroughfares – a blanket ban in effect. The ban includes cycles, cycle vans, handcarts, pull-carts and bakery vans.
A movement of masses of civil society has come together to urge the government to revoke the blanket ban on non-motorized transport and rebuild the city sustainably. Read our Case against Ban of Cycles and NMT for more information on why the ban doesn’t make sense, and possible solutions for Sustainable Transport in Kolkata.
Cycle March, 8th September ’13
Chakra Satyragraha was launched in the city with a Cycle March where over five hundred people marched the streets of Kolkata with cycles in hand to urge the government to revoke the blanket ban on cycles and non-motorized transport. They also signed an open letter to Chief Minister of West Bengal, Smt Mamata Banerjee, urging her to left the ban, and set up and head a Cell for Non-motorized Transport.
Bring the Wheels back to the Streets, 2nd October ’13
On Gandhi Jayanti over 3000 people got to the streets in support of Chakra Satyagraha – Bring the Wheels back to the Streets. In a one of its kind creative protest, there were street theater performance with the message that cycles and non-motorized transport is the lifeline of Kolkata and the most inclusive, sustainable and Eco-friendly method of transport and keeps the city moving.
The Issue of Cycle ban in Kolkata has been covered by over 100 print and news Media.
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Kolkata Cycle Arohi Adhikar –O- Jibika Raksha Committee, P.B. Akhbar Bikreta Samity, Hand Cart – Cycle Van Association
PUBLIC, Public Relations Society of India, South Asian Forum for Environment, WWF Kolkata, Greenpeace, Centre for Environment and Development
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