ESAF observed World Car-free Day for the third time at Ramanilayam Road, order Thrissur on September 21 and for the first time in Kochi at Panampilly Nagar on Sep 25, 2016. The programs were organised in partnership with Livable Cities Network, NATPAC (National Transportation Planning & Research Centre), Kerala State Pollution Control Board and HealthBridge Foundation. The Cochin Corporation, Kochi Metro, Rajagiri college of Social Sciences and Cochin Shipyard also supported the program in Kochi.
Ajitha Jayarajan, Hon. Mayor, Thrissur, inaugurated the event at Thrissur and K. Paul Thomas, Chairman, ESAF Group presided over the function. In Kochi, Soumini Jain, Hon. Mayor, Kochi, inaugurated the event and Jacob Samuel, Director-Programmes, ESAF presided over the function. Neeraj Madhav, Cine Artist was the Chief Guest.
Thousands of people across all ages flocked into both the events and made it a grand success. World Car-free Day is observed all over the globe on September 22, to promote walking, cycling and usage of public transport instead of private motor vehicles. The programme also aims at sensitising people about the importance of protecting environment and constructing cities friendly towards kids, old-aged people, women and differently-abled.