In 2008, Ambrish Bajaj, 30, a renewable energy consultant with an MNC, started working in DLF Cyber City, Gurgaon. The congestion on the roads and air pollution caused by the ever-increasing number of cars left him shocked. “Traffic in Gurgaon is maddening. Many of my colleagues complained of breathing problems due to the high air pollution levels. I wanted to do something about it,” says Bajaj.
So, in March 2009, he launched easy2commute.com, with his friend Abhishek Rajan.
It’s a first of its kind NCR-centric website, which has about 3,000 areas/localities in its database to choose from. The website uses a smart technology to suggest available car pools in the vicinity of the user’s office/home. What makes the website unique is the fact that it makes car-pooling user-friendly and secure—you can register on it using only your company e-mail id.
Besides, it provides the option of gender (you can opt for an all-female car pool) and ‘secure users’ (whose credential have been confirmed by their employers). Today, about 26 per cent of the total users on the website are verified corporate users and 27 per cent are females.
“We approached many corporate houses to encourage their employees to use the carpool and the response has been encouraging,” he says.
Today, the website has about 3,500 users and adds 200 more every week. “People are willing to leave their cars at home if they can find a safe and convenient car pool,” says Bajaj.
In fact, easy2commute.com, one of the 52 entries at the Hindustan Times –Brightest Young Climate Leaders, was also chosen by the Delhi Half-Marathon 2009 to promote carpooling among 30,000 carpool runners.
“On an average, a car releases about 160 grams of emission per km. In a city like Delhi, at least 5 per cent of the total cars can easily be taken off the roads by way of carpooling. Just imagine the difference it would make in reducing carbon emissions,” says Bajaj, who aims to take 5,000 cars off the road in the next one year.