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Corporate India is on Wheels… But they are stuck in Traffic!

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Is the time taken to get to work just killing you? Has it taken over the ‘bad boss’ in the unpopularity polls? Each morning begins with the same worries for most of corporate Bangalore — amongst anxieties related to deadlines, conference calls and meetings, there is the looming question of how long it will take to get to work.

Indians are buying cars at breakneck speed. That has been doubling the number of cars every 8–10 years. WHO rapped India telling us that 13 of the world’s 20 most polluted cities are right here. In addition to the pollution, there are accidents: we record 120,000. And traffic congestion in Bangalore alone costs the city approximately 5 percent of its economic output.

Is corporate India alone?

Well research shows:

Average Commuting Time compared to few other countries

People seem to have resigned to this irritant that may not go away anytime soon. So, there are several uses they put this spare time to. They make calls, listen to the radio, and plan weekend getaways while stuck behind what seems like an unending line of smoke-puffing vehicles.

It is interesting to note how the metros compare:

Average Commuting Time in top cities of India

With the job market getting bigger and more varied, people are now choosing to work closer to home. While younger people are renting houses closer to the workplace, older ones are building their work and home around their children’s schools.

A Bangalore survey shows that most commuters prefer spending their driving time listening to the radio or finishing their phone calls. But, other interesting activities that showed up are listening to e-books, doing head and neck exercises, practicing classical singing while listening to an audio, or grabbing a bite.

Those who have the luxury of a driver like to flip open their laptop and get some work done, or even read a book.

Company strategies to address the issue:

Some companies have put in place solutions to the issue. No harm in trying, right? There is no available data on the efficiencies of the solutions but they are sure a right step in the right direction.


Has created a carpool app available on all employees’ mobile devices.


Has an online system to connect its employees to employees of other organisations in the neighbourhood.


Facilitates carpools and offers metro cards and shuttle services from office to the nearest metro stations.


Has an ‘agile working’ model allowing employees to work from anywhere as opposed to spending long unproductive hours on the road.


Has worked with the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) on specific routes designed to move workers more comfortably and efficiently.


The organization has put in place an initiative called “I-Travel Smart.” The results are encouraging: travel time was reduced by about 1.2 million km annually. Not only that, there is a reduction of 335 tons of CO2 emissions. There is a four-pronged approach:

  1. Provision of buses(free) from Metro stations to all their offices: this takes care of last mile connectivity;
  2. All employees are handed a useful handbook that carries information on alternative routes and transport options;
  3. Employees choosing to carpool are rewarded with premium parking slots.
  4. Special bus services in partnership with Haryana State Transport, Delhi Transport Corporation and Volvo in place.

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