November 18, 2015 2:42:07 am
With Tuesday seeing the ninth edition of car free day in Gurgaon, the city’s corporates held a meeting to come up with a sustainable solution for the city’s traffic woes.
During the meeting, it was decided that three corporates — Nagarro, Snapdeal and Incedo — will work to develop an open database for all companies in the city so that viable services can be planned according to demand. Snapdeal, which employs close to 4,500 people, has installed bicycle stands at their offices in Gurgaon to encourage last-mile connectivity.
It was also decided that a transport hub would be created, from where buses will ply according to the travel data available in the open database. There would be about 15-18 buses from East and West Delhi from 7:30 am onwards, said sources.
“Empirical studies show that every metre of increased width of roads will take only about 3-4 years to fill again with cars. Globally, no city has solved congestion by (building) flyovers and widening roads. Most cities such as London, New York, Singapore have tackled the situation by restricting cars, promoting alternate modes and managing parking, which are the only sustainable solutions,” said Amit Sarin from Incedo. He also mentioned that India has a huge opportunity for private players who can come up with viable solutions.
An updated, albeit anonymous, database will be a huge boost in planning for services. New York had come up with 500 apps within weeks of making the database public, Sarin added. Gurgaon Police Commissioner Navdeep Singh Virk, who also attended the meeting, said, “Car-free day has become a national rage after it started in Gurgaon. The open database also has the potential for the same…”
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