Carpooling was regarded as an attempt to explore the possibilities of reducing carbon footprint of IT industry in Kerala, when the concept was launched in 2009. Now, with the petrol prices climbing every now and then, those behind the idea see the possibility of more people from Technopark, Thiruvananthapuram joining the initiative in a big way.
The dedicated website for carpooling was launched in April 2009 by Group of Technology Companies (GTech), in partnership with Palnar Transmedia, a software development firm in Technopark, under the Green Computing Initiative.
“This was the first such initiative in Kerala. The website targets IT professionals of Technopark and Infopark. We have now close to 1,000 registered users and 45 active carpools. We hope the rise in fuel price would attract more people to the initiative,” says Syed Ibrahim, managing director of Palnar Transmedia Private Limited.
“We have taken some precautionary measures like registration using the official company e-mail id and employee number while using the website for carpooling. We have requested women carpoolers to look at carpooling within the same company and also to meet up with the co-carpoolers within the campus to avoid untoward incidents,” he said.
The carpool website insists that those who use the service should meet/contact other members at the work place or within the premises of Technopark or Infopark. Also members should provide all necessary data to the website with whom their pooling is active and keep it handy for future reference. There are more than 34,000 professionals working in Technopark..
“We are planning to take steps to make the carpooling initiative more popular among professionals working in Technopark and Infopark. Many are currently using this facility to commute to the office. During Fridays, 20 additional carpools are formed for long trips to places like Ernakulam, Kottayam and Kanyakumari,” said GTech chief executive officer Binu Shankar.
With Inputs from “Times of India” and “http://www.parkcarpool.in“