As the date for implementation of the odd-even scheme in Delhi comes closer, Ghaziabad residents are actively looking for options when they need to travel to Delhi.
A majority of commuters in new areas of Ghaziabad have their workplaces in Delhi and Gurgaon and travel in their private cars on a daily basis. However, as their vehicles will be rendered useless on alternate days under the scheme, they are thinking of options like chartered buses, carpooling of even hiring taxis on those days.
“I have downloaded apps for taxi services and will use them on days that my cars are not allowed. Both cars are even numbered and cannot be used alternatively. A taxi would cost me around Rs 700-Rs 800, but there is no option as I travel to Delhi intermittently and cannot avail carpooling,” said Alok Kumar from Arihant Harmony highrise.
Another resident, KK Singh, is actively looking for carpooling options as he travels daily to Gurgaon for work.
“Carpooling has a practical problem as people have different timings when they leave their offices. In the morning one may start 30-40 minutes early to pick others, but the time for leaving office in the evening is not fixed. I may have to use taxi to return while I use carpooling in the morning to reach office,” said Singh, a resident from Exotica Elegance at Indirapuram.
For a majority of residents of trans-Hindon areas in Ghaziabad, the major issue is non-availability of any feeder buses that can take them directly to metro station from internal areas of Vasundhara, Indirapuram, Kanawni, and several residential areas of nearby delta colonies.
“Metro is an option, but it has limited stations in Ghaziabad. Furthermore, we have to hire autos or take our own vehicles to the metro station to board a train. Returning home too poses similar issues. Some residents are trying for chartered buses while others are trying to use their two-wheelers during the odd-even formula period in Delhi,” said Mohan Sangwan from Indirapuram.
However, for other residents in city areas, commuting to Delhi is not a major problem as most of them use local trains at travel to Ghaziabad junction on their two-wheelers.
As per official estimates, nearly 1.25 lakh passengers use local trains daily to travel to Delhi, old Delhi and other areas.