Susmit Ghosh, a resident of Noida travels everyday to Gurgaon for work. He works with a multinational company and did not mind the long commute, because of his office-provided cab. But since the Supreme Court decision to ban petrol and diesel taxis in the national capital region, Ghosh is finding it difficult to get to work. Now he has to drive all the way to Gurgaon and he is not enjoying it.
Ghosh is not the only one and more and more companies are looking at ways to work around the ban.
From flexible timings to putting up a desk to handle car-pool data, NCR based companies like Cairn India, Zopper.com, Oxigen and BPOs such as Incedo are trying to solve the conveyance concerns of their employees.
Headquartered in Gurgaon, Cairn India, one of India’s largest private oil and gas exploration companies, has a dedicated ‘Car Pool Corner’ to help employees connect for pooling cars. “To make carpooling policy stronger in the company, we have introduced an automated help desk, which maintains a database for employees to pool cars. It also listed even- and odd-numbered cars for pooling during the Odd-even days,” says a spokesperson.
Last week, National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom), group of Indian information technology services companies, had highlighted the concerns for BPO sector saying the ban could lead to a possible loss of $1billion. However, companies have started negotiating with their travel partners to find ways around this ban. “We have asked our transport vendor to deploy CNG cabs on the routes and he has asked us for time to buy new cabs,” said spokesperson at Gurgaon based tech BPO, Incedo.
Many startups, located in NCR, have introduced flexible working hours. “We have introduced flexi hours for the employees; which makes the situation slightly easier to handle as they can commute by public transport when the traffic is less,” said Neeraj Jain, Chief Executive Officer at Zopper, Tiger Global-backed hyperlocal white goods start-up.
Few companies are promoting shuttle services. Meher Sarid, president- corporate affairs, Oxigen, a payment solution provider, said,” We encourage employees to use shared shuttle services to travel point to point at fixed times.” Companies are also approaching to their logistics partner to arrange for law compliant vehicles for transport.
With the government’s decision, nearly 50,000 diesel cabs are off the roads in the national capital region (NCR) applicable from May 1, 2016.