04 Jun Uber and Ola: A way Forward to Control Air Pollution
Picture this: It’s a busy Monday morning and you’re looking to cut through the traffic to reach the office on time. Among all the chaos, as you reach out to book an Ola or an Uber, you realize that they’re on a strike!
Quite difficult to get through your day without an Uber or Ola, isn’t it? Everything is said and done, a lot is being said about how air pollution is becoming a gripping issue. There is also a lot of talk about how Uber and Ola might be contributing factors to this.
This World Environment Day 2019, let’s delve a little deeper into how Uber and Ola can pave the way to cut down traffic and air pollution. To begin off with, there are more than 50,000 Uber and Ola that are functioning in Delhi alone. The idea is to understand if we can switch from our personally-owned cars to Uber Pool or Ola Share. Because it’s going to be extremely beneficial—to our pockets and the environment. It is a well-known fact that cars have become a major source of pollution. Because the increase in usage of cars has become a cause for concern.
On World Environment Day 2019, curbing air pollution can be a great start. If you think, an Uber costs around 150-200 for a trip of 10-15 km for a single individual. But opting for share brings the cost down to half and this service also offers you first-and-last mile connectivity.
We want to put across how Uber Pool curbed 2,203, 000 kg of Carbon Dioxide emissions in Delhi. As many of us know that the congestion and pollution levels in Delhi were at an all-time high. Thus, Uber released a ‘Green Index’ to determine that Uber Pool had played a vital role in bringing down the pollution levels.
What’s more, is that the launch of the Uber Pool in Delhi saved 9, 36,000 liters of fuel and 19, 901,000 km of travel. Thereby reducing 2,203, 000 kg of Carbon Dioxide emission in New Delhi.
With the emergence of Ola Share and Uber Pool, there is a shared aim to resolve the issue of carbon footprints and urge people to adopt the habit of a shared cab riding system. Both these car-based aggregators are looking for ways to significantly reduce their carbon footprint in India. With 28% of trips in Delhi being on a shared cab riding system, Uber is just rearing to go.
While Uber and Ola are doing their bit for the environment, let’s do our bit to save the environment. This World Environment Day 2019, let’s all of us come together to fight air pollution. Let’s take initiatives to improve the quality of air that we breathe in.
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Reference links: https://www.dailyo.in/politics/delhi-pollution-ola-uber-app-cabs-public-transport-metro/story/1/17240.html