Centre for Research and Innovation in Urban Planning and Architecture (CRIUPA), on November 1, gave Nagpurians a refreshing and fun-filled morning as it organised the Green Street Carnival to spread awareness about sustainable mobility at Walkers Street in Civil Lines.
As part of the carnival, which was organised in association with The Times of India and Nation Next and Radio Mirchi as the media partners, the 600m stretch of road at Walkers Street was blocked from 6 am to 9 am and various fun activities were conducted along the stretch.
While many people joined in at the carnival as they had previous knowledge about it, for regular joggers at Walkers Street it was a pleasant surprise. With fitness activities like Zumba, Yoga, Aerobics, cross fit stations, etc., Green Street Carnival was not only successful spreading awareness about the importance of being fit, it also gave a chance to early risers to have a memorable experience. Apart from fitness related activities, the carnival also gave a chance to people in indulge in different games.
The carnival apart from being high on fun was also instrumental in spreading awareness about important issues. Students from CEPT University, Ahmedabad, addressed various environmental concerns. Many other students were seen holding placards promoting safe driving, tree plantation, safeguarding of environment etc. Members of the Global Shapers community in Nagpur also encouraged the people to use bicycles when commuting to a distance of 1km or less. A babywearing flash mob was instrumental in spreading awareness about the right way of babywearing.
Post the Green City Carnival, three Pop-Up Parks were set up on the stretch of road from VNIT Gate at Bajaj Nagar to Shraddhanand Square. As part of the activity, green patches were set up on the sidewalks and various activities were conducted at the park. The idea behind the pop up parks was to reclaim the roads.