Delhi’s youth is game for a government-monitored carpool system.
The young professionals, including women, who drive to work every day are even ready to spend some money every month for a safe carpool.
And its not just travelling cost and companionship that prompts them to look for carpool partners.
Issues like ever-growing vehicles on roads, pollution and parking hassles also prompt them to switch to carpools.
Those who drive an hour or more to reach their workplace have shown keen interest in a government-monitored system of carpool.
Delhi Transport Department recently posted a questionnaire on its website to gauge the interests of people who drive everyday to work and for work-related purposes.
Rail India Technical and Economic Services (RITES), a government agency that provides engineering and consultancy services, analysed the survey responses for the transport department.
The department has, in fact, proposed a smart card-based Pan City Mega Car pool for Delhi and the National Capital Region towns.
Four hundred and seventy-three persons, including 92 women, responded to this online survey.
According to the survey, private cars in Delhi carry only 1.8 passengers on an average and 3.2 vacant seats offer a great opportunity for carpooling.
Survey said motorists, in the age group of 25 years to 45 years, appear the main clientele for carpooling.
Delhi Transport Commissioner R.K. Verma said the survey findings have proved that government patronage is a must to start a reliable carpool system.
“We need to refine the carpool system which we have proposed to make it more suitable. One important point is what kind of incentive we can provide to the person who carries members in his car,” said Verma. “Smaller groups can be made of members so that classified information of the members does not go out of the group.”
He added that a small pilot scheme could be launched to see how workable is the pan city mega car pool scheme.
A senior transport official said the department is contemplating a society to run the scheme in public-private-partnership.
The official also said they might approach the government for a subsidy to launch the pilot project.
Special women’s carpools can also be organised if there is an adequate demand.