Starting from August 6, the IT corridor in Hyderabad will become “car-free” every Thursday, as a part of the initiative undertaken by Hyderabad Software Exports Association (HYSEA), to reduce pollution and traffic congestion in the area. Are you ready to ditch your private vehicles for one day every week?
Telangana will now witness one day dedicated to the betterment of the environment every week. With the aim of easing traffic congestion, and reducing pollution, Hyderabad Software Exports Association (HYSEA) along with Telangana’s IT department and transport department, is launching “car free Thursdays” in the IT corridor in Cyberabad from August 6th.
If Cyberabad is where you go for work, be ready to ditch your private cars every Thursday, and use public transport, bicycles, or carpool, instead. There is also the healthy option of walking to work if you live nearby.
With this initiative, which is only voluntary, the idea is to keep at least 50,000 cars of IT professionals off the road. “Our analysis revealed that 59 per cent of the people in Hyderabad use public transport, while 41 per cent use private vehicles. In the IT corridor, 20 to 25 per cent of the people come to work in cars. If we can stop cars just once a week and encourage people to use other modes of transport, it would make a world of difference,” said Ramesh Loganathan, president, HYSEA.
Alternate transport options for Thursdays will include carpools, and special buses like “she shuttles” for women. HYSEA is also collaborating with Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC), to deploy 62 additional buses, with a frequency of two to five minutes, every Thursday.
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“Even if we manage to get 20 per cent of cars of IT professionals off the road every Thursday, it would be a great achievement. I think in the next four to six weeks, the number of cars off the road on Thursdays will grow as the initiative catches up among IT professionals who are eager to participate but are concerned about the alternative arrangements,” added Loganathan.
Hundreds of IT professionals living in Madhapur, Gachibowli, Kukatpally, Miyapur, Madinaguda, Lingampalli, Financial District and Mehdipatnam areas are already using carpools as their contribution to the environment. With this initiative, there is hope that the numbers will increase. The initiative also has the support of car pooling companies and NGOs like Act Carpool, Zify, Itfan, Embarq India, Identcity and ones like RideIT and Cykul which promote cycling.
The success of the initiative will be analysed based on difference in traffic speed and pollution levels on Thursdays as compared to the rest of the week, depending on which it will be taken forward.