For the last two years, Sandeep Nagpal, 30, has been travelling from Kandivli to Lower Parel every day in his air-conditioned car, but he has hardly felt the pinch of the fuel price rise.
The reason: Nagpal, a product manager with HDFC Bank, drives to his Lower Parel office in a car pool with three of his colleagues, spending only Rs 2,000 per month on petrol against the Rs 8,000 two years ago.
“This fuel-saving strategy helped us save energy, time and maintenance,” said Nagpal, who picks his colleagues Pravin Mundra, Diptendu Dey and R Natrajan en route to work.
In 2009, when Nagpal was transferred to the city from Delhi, little did he know that his idea of car-pooling, would become so popular in his office. “Today, more than eight groups of employees share a ride home,” he said.
The bankers also see car-pooling as more environment friendly and sustainable; it has helped reduce emissions and parking spaces at work.
In the case of Mundra, 31, product manager, the car-pool system has been a great shift from his train travel. “Getting pushed and punched in the trains every morning used to leave me tired and it just got worse while returning,” said Mundra, a resident of Goregaon, who was the first member to join Nagpal’s car pool.
The bankers have also come up with a financial plan for the system. “At the end of every month, we divide the fuel costs among the four of us,” elaborated Natrajan, 29, senior manager, adding that “the total expense has come down by more than 70%”.