25 per cent pedal to work in Chandigarh

  • Bhartesh Singh Thakur, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Nov 15, 2015 14:44 IST
The data comprised workers other than cultivators or agricultural labourers or those engaged in household industry (HT FILE PHOTO)

Every fourth worker in Chandigarh cycles his or her way to workplace as per the Census-2011 data released this week. This is despite the fact that two-wheelers and four-wheelers appear to swarm the city roads every day.

The data comprised workers other than cultivators or agricultural labourers or those engaged in household industry. In Chandigarh, there are 3.95-lakh such workers and out of them 18.7% are women.

Over 25% workers in Chandigarh use bicycles, while two-wheelers and four-wheelers are being preferred by 21.4% and 12.3%, respectively. But public transport has not been popular. Buses are being preferred by only 6.7% workers and autorickshaw/taxi by close to 3%.

There are 13.7% workers who travel on foot to workplace. About 12% workers travel more than 10km from their homes to workplace.

Among women workers in Chandigarh, two-wheelers are the most preferred choice with over 19% using them, but as many travel on foot as well.

In Panchkula, over 27% are working from home, which is higher than Chandigarh and SAS Nagar.

The figure is 35% for women. Women workers travel more in four-wheelers (11.4%) than two-wheelers (9.9%).

In SAS Nagar, the use of two-wheelers as mode of transporation is highest in the tricity as 22.67% people use them.

Among women workers in SAS Nagar, over 40% are not travelling for work, which is more than Chandigarh and Panchkula, while over 15% are using two-wheelers and as many travelling by tempo/taxi/auto-rickshaw/bus. Public transport preferred in HP, J&K and Delhi.

Among north Indian states, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Delhi has high usage of public transport by workers, while Punjab has least use of four-wheelers to reach workplace.

In Himachal Pradesh, one out of every three workers are travelling on foot while over 24% are travelling by bus and is the most preferred mode of transport.

Maximum women workers are also travelling on foot (38.9 %) and 17.3% by bus.

In Jammu and Kashmir, maximum workers are taking buses (21.3%) and 21.4% go by foot. The figure for women working from home is 54.4%.

On the other hand, Uttarakhand has lesser use of public transport than HP and J&K as travelling by tempo/auto/taxi/bus/train is around 12%.

In Delhi, 27% use other modes of transportation such as buses, train, tempo, taxies and auto-rickshaw.

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