A day before the odd-even road rationing scheme kicked-off, Delhi transport minister Gopal Rai said while all necessary arrangements have been made to make the initiative a success, the feedback they have been getting is that majority of the car users are planning to carpool over the next two weeks.
“The feedback we have been receiving is that about 90% of the car users are planning carpool. We have been told that in several offices, business houses and RWAs, people have already started sharing list of odd and even cars for carpooling,” Rai said.
In order to make it easier for people to pool cars, an additional feature for the purpose has been added to the PoochO app, which can also be used to book auto-rickshaws and taxies available in the area.
“The software has been designed in a way that once a person registers on to the carpooling feature, it shares information of people willing to pool cars at different times in different areas. From security point of view, Facebook and LinkedIn profiles of all registered users would be available. People can scan these profiles to choose who to pool a car with,” an official said.
The transport minister said other necessary arrangements have been made to make the initiative a success including 3,000 additional buses, extra Metro trips, special buses between NCR towns and the Capital, apart from several tools for getting information about public transport on real-time basis.
“In order to cater to the huge demand of people commuting between Delhi-Gurgaon and Delhi-Noida, several special buses would ply from different locations in Delhi to these two NCR towns. A special route has also been chalked out for commuters travelling between Noida and Gurgaon,” Rai said.
The transport minister said several teams have been formed by the DTC, Delhi Metro and Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System to ensure that all transport facilities are in place.
“Around 1,000 buses serving schools used to be in service only for half of the day. These buses would also be in service all through the day,” Rai said, adding that commuters could access information about public transport facilities through the several facilities being provided by the government.
Besides the PoochO app, commuters could also get details of public transport through Twitter, Google app and helpline numbers issued for the purpose, he added.