Campaign launched on carpooling

The women working in IT and BT sectors should register themselves with the Labour department to ensure their safety when they pool cars, said V Manjula, Secretary to It-BT department.

“ Many small and large companies do not register the names of their women staff with the Labour department, But this is required for the safety of women who commute during late night hours. This will also help in carpooling,” Manjula said on Wednesday. She was speaking at the inauguration of car pooling campaign in the City.

The campaign has been launched with the objective of reducing at least 50,000 vehicles on roads, a majority of them belonging to the IT sector, which ply between Central Silk Board to Sarjapura, all along Outer Ring Road.

A circular would be sent to all companies, particularly start-upson carpooling. Awareness campaigns will also be launched to create awareness about the concept. She said that every home in the City had two or three cars and this has led to parking problem. IT czars, industrialists and start- ups have already started opting for other cities and states instead of Karnataka owing to traffic problems in Bengaluru.

Vehicular density

Additional Commissioner of Police  (Traffic) M A Saleem pointed that City ranks highest in vehicular density. “The City has one vehicle for every two people, while Delhi and Hyderabad have one vehicle for every four people and Mumbai has one vehicle for every eight people. Bengaluru also the highest number of two-wheelers in Asia, after Jakarta. Apart from having more infrastructure, there is a need to car pool and improve public transport,” he said.

R Ramachandran, the president of Electronic City Industries Association, Poorna Prajna, president of Outer Ring Road Companies Association and Ravi Babu, the president of Whitefield Export Promotion Park Industrial Association were present on the occasion.

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