Although it was a symbolic gesture, the lawmakers shunning their fuel-guzzling cars should set an example for the masses.
Sporting a kurta-payjama and half-jacket, Mr Khattar used a cycle from his official residence in Sector-3 in Chandigarh to the Haryana assembly complex, covering just over one kilometre.
Mr Khattar said:”This is good for the environment. People should use cycles at least for a day.”
Some ministers in his cabinet and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmakers also followed him.
Haryana’s Chief Parliamentary Secretary (CPS) Shyam Singh Rana pedalled a cycle-rickshaw to the assembly. He carried CPS Seema Trikha and Political Advisor to the Chief Minister Jagdish Chopra on his rickshaw.
Some other legislators took e-rickshaws (electronic rickshaws) to reach the assembly.
Asked if the one-day symbolic gesture would be of any help, Haryana agriculture minister OP Dhankar said: “This is a motivational step. People will feel that if the head of a state and political leaders can do it, why can’t others.”
Haryana has a BJP government since October 2014.