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Every year, more than a million new cars hit the Indian roads. A majority of these run in Tier I cities. Not surprisingly, these cities are also the most congested – in Mumbai and Delhi, you typically sweat it out on the roads for an hour to cover 10 kms! On the other hand, recent studies reveal that in most metropolitan cities, the average occupancy rate of private cars is 1.3 persons. In Mumbai, for instance, seventy percent of cars have only one occupant. This implies that each car has surplus seating space for at least 4 people.
Now imagine how pleasant your morning rides would be if suddenly, the number of cars was reduced to one-fourth the present number! That would be the situation if everyone decided to join carpools. The concept of car-pooling is catching on in India, thanks to the effort of some NGOs and environment groups. Here are just a few reasons why carpooling is good for you, everyone else on the road, and the environment:
  • Pollution control: While the reduction in smoke and noise is good for your health, the environment will also thank you. Automobile emissions are among the biggest pollutants worldwide.
  • Shorter commuting time and less traffic: Fewer vehicles mean less congestion, and reduced stress too! In Indian cities where public transport is not always an option and the commuting distances are huge, carpools can prevent accidents which occur when too many vehicles jostle for space on potholed roads.
  • Cost saving: Surveys show that people save an average of Rs. 1,500 per month by joining carpools.
  • Fuel conservation: Though the increased weight in a packed “pool car” requires more fuel consumption, it is insignificant compared to the amount of fuel saved by the cars resting at home

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