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Use public transport to make a green statement

Mumbai Metro: One of the greenest way you can live is to opt for public transport. (Source: Express Archives) Mumbai Metro: One of the greenest way you can live is to opt for public transport. (Source: Express Archives)
Written by Keshav Chaturvedi | New Delhi | Posted: September 1, 2014 5:57 pm | Updated: September 1, 2014 6:03 pm

One of the greenest way you can live is to opt for public transport. Yes I know you must be frowning – “Public transport? No way!” But believe me you will do a great deal of good if you can shift your gears and head for the nearest metro station or the bus stand once in a while.

Yes metros are packed during the peak hours but you have to be in the train for a maximum of 30 minutes, not more. Consider this: even the British Prime Minister David Cameron takes a metro to his office whenever he wants. He utilises that time reading newspaper.

Even if you are addicted to your own car or a motor bike, take a day off from them and take metro instead, at least if you are living in Delhi, Mumbai and on a certain stretch in Bangalore (where metro or suburban rail is available).

In Delhi alone, close to 2.5 million people ride the metro daily. The majority among them are those who used to take a bus to their office or rode on their two wheelers or three-wheelers. However, an over whelming majority of car owners are still sticking to their four wheel comfort.

But you can start small by taking metro just once in a week. You will find the difference. No parking woes, no traffic jams, AC comfort and timely commute at one fraction of the cost of your car drive.

More than anything else, you will also contribute to the city’s air quality by reducing your carbon footprint of the day. Suppose if you go to Connaught Place from Noida (a distance of 12 to 15 kilometres), you end up burning two litres of petrol or diesel during the to-and-fro commute. This burning of fuel generates 4.6 to 5.2 kilograms of Carbondioxide that is released in the air.

So if you decide to give your car a much deserved rest once a week you will end up with 52 days of riding on the metro. You would help the public transporter improve; its already impressive carbon emission reduction (6.3 lakh tons yearly) by contributing your own decrease of at least 120 kg of noxious gases.

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