The IT corridor in Cyberabad may be the first area in the country where Thursdays will be car-free from next week. An initiative of Hyderabad Software Exports Association (Hysea) in association with Telangana IT Department and Transport Department, the aim is to keep at least 50,000 cars off the roads in the IT corridor every Thursday.
By September-October at least one lakh cars of IT professionals would be off roads every Thursday. On Monday, the IT Department and Transport Commissioner of Telangana will unveil the alternative transport arrangements that they are making so that IT professionals do not face any problems in reaching their destinations without any hurdles. This includes special buses, ‘She Shuttles’ exclusively for women IT employees, and carpooling.
Hysea is aiming not only to de-clog all the major roads in the IT corridor but also to considerably reduce pollution once a week caused by the lakhs of four wheelers including private cars and thousands of cabs used by the IT industry. About 3.5 lakh employees work in the IT corridor and Cyberabad area and almost 80 per cent of them use their personal vehicles, mostly four wheelers.
“Even if we manage to get 20 per cent of the 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 Thursday will grow considerably as the initiative catches up among IT professionals who are very eager to participate but are concerned about alternative arrangements to reach their offices on time. Ideally, I would like all the citizens of Hyderabad to participate in this initiative and the Telangana Government will make efforts to involve everyone in the coming months. On Monday, the Telangana Government will unveil its plans of alternative arrangements for IT professionals who will not use their cars on Thursdays,” Ramesh Loganathan, president of Hysea said. Once the project kicks off and if they sense success, Hysea may extend the car-free days to three days a week.
Already, hundreds of IT professionals living in Madhapur, Gachibowli, Kukatpally, Miyapur, Madinaguda, Lingampalli, Financial District, and Mehdipatnam, use carpool methods to reduce driving stress as well contribute to lesser traffic on the roads. The Society for Cyberabad Security Council (SCSC) and Cyberabad Traffic Police have started several initiatives to encourage IT professionals to use carpooling system. The Telangana State Industrial Infrastructure Corporation and SCSC recently introduced special buses only for women free of charge working in the IT sector not only to make public transport safe for women but also to encourage them to use public transport rather than personal vehicles.