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Showing a shuttle way out

india Updated: Jul 07, 2010 23:51 IST
Sanjeev K Ahuja

Facing a perennial problem? Stop criticising and find a solution -- a way out of the mess. That's exactly what some companies in DLF Cybercity did.

Harassed by poor inter and intra-city transport infrastructure, they joined hands with developer DLF Group and a logistics company and decided to launch a shuttle (feeder bus) service for ferrying its employees to Metro stations.

The service will begin from October with about 10 air-conditioned, CNG-run buses fitted with CCTV cameras. The busses will connect DLF Cybercity with two metro stations, Sikanderpur (Gurgaon) and Dwarka (Delhi).

The number of buses as well as connectivity with more metro stations may be increased depending on the response.

Cybercity Welfare Society -- a body of IT and BPO/call centre companies based in DLF Cybercity -- DLF Group and logistics company TEZ have taken the initiative and inked a memorandum of understanding.

DLF Cybercity in DLF City Phase-II, just off the Gurgaon Expressway, is home to companies such as Bank of America, Cargill, Deloitte, Dupont, KPMG, Microsoft, Oracle, Pricewater House Coopers, RBS, Sapient, Genpact, Cognigent, IBM, American Express and other multinational IT firms.

Subinder Khurana, co-chairman of NASSCOM Gurgaon Council, said DLF Cybercity has about 65,000 employees who use private cars, cabs and two-wheelers. Majority of them, around 40,000, come from Delhi.

In October, when Gurgaon gets connected to Central Secretariat through Metro rail, these companies will encourage employees coming from Delhi to use the Metro and then the shuttle service to reach office.