Write to Chief Minister for Cycle Lanes in Kolkata

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News Desk, News Nation 360 : Children from Leading schools in Kolkata wrote and displayed letters and paintings at an Art Exhibition requesting Honorable Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to promote “Cycling and Clean Air” in Kolkata. The exhibition was organized on the occasion of World Nature Conservation Day and inaugurated by the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany Kolkata (Calcutta), Manfred Auster in the presence of principals, teachers and children from the schools. The exhibition was organized by SwitchON Foundation at the Press Club Kolkata, and the theme of the exhibition was promoting Cycles in Kolkata and other sustainable practices that promote Clean Air. Adding value to the ongoing public campaign on “#BringBackCycles on Kolkata Roads”, the event found support from hundreds of students. The exhibition was organized to display handmade postcards, pictures, letters made by children from renowned schools of Kolkata all of which were attached to a letter sent to the Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee, Firhad Hakim - Minister in Charge, Department of Transport and the Commissioner of Police, Kolkata Police, requesting all authorities to think about safe cycling corridors and create a cycle and NMT promotive infrastructure in an effort to build healthy, happy, and sustainable mobility futures for the city. SwitchON Foundation also conducted a quick survey with over 500 school and college students across Bengal and found that a majority of 82% of the respondents consider air pollution to be causing a health threat to them and a massive 73% of respondents from Kolkata said that they would consider cycling to school/ college and to nearby areas if separate cycle lanes are provided to them. Speaking at the event, Manfred Auster, Consul-General, Kolkata, said that cycling is a very concrete and low-cost measure. It is an alternative mode of transport and has already played an important part in Kolkata, especially in the wake of Covid. The clock is ticking loud and clear. Several natural disasters occurring all around the world prove the urgency to fight the climate crisis. Students being the vehicles of change in society can play a key role in bringing forwards positive change in society, one such being advocating for clean air. As the future of Bengal, the onus is upon us to bring a positive impact on the environment and make it sustainable. Let us all come together to make Kolkata and it's surrounding the most livable city on the globe.

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Report : Anustup Kundu