Hyderabad: The bustling IT corridor of Hyderabad has now become synonymous with traffic jams and driving speeds frequently dropping to a crawl. With road widening, construction of flyovers and similar measures being taken up by the government, traffic experts suggest more, that too from the part of the public, to improve the traffic conditions and to reduce congestion.
One such measure, they say, is carpooling, which could drastically bring down congestion in parts of the IT corridor such as Hitec City, Gachibowli, Kondapur, Jubilee Hills and the Financial District as well.
Carpooling is the sharing of car journeys so that more than one person travels in a car, and prevents the need for others from driving their own vehicle to work. By having more people using one vehicle, carpooling reduces each person’s travel costs and the stress of driving as well.
Data with the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) shows that there is a four-wheeler population of over 10 lakh in the city till 2018 with an average of 230 new cars on the roads every day.
“Despite the launch of Metro services till Hitec City, there is no improvement in the traffic condition given the lack of last mile connectivity for many commuters. With this, majority of techies are depending on personal transportation,” said Vinod Kanumala of Indian Federation of Road Safety.
He said carpooling was the best option in metropolitan cities like Hyderabad, Mumbai and Delhi. Though, the concept of carpooling was started in Hitec City, it did not become popular.
Traffic experts point out that the roads in IT corridor are mostly congested with cars and cabs from about 10 am till at least 6 pm and if vehicle users start adopting carpooling, there is a high chance of bringing down traffic snarls.
Ahsan Pasha of ‘Traffic Sense in Hyderabad’, a unit of Traffic Sense Foundation, opines that people living in nearby areas need to use carpooling. Few employees working in MNCs have already adopted this concept, however, there is a long way to go, he said.
As roads are all jam-packed with existing vehicles, there is no space in Hitec City to run more buses, Pasha said, adding that carpooling has to be utilised effectively since it was convenient and cost effective for commuters.
Coming to public transportation, RTC is operating over 210 buses towards the IT corridor every day while MMTS trains carry around 50,000 passengers daily to the Hitec City railway station from different parts of the city.