#ChabiChodo? Ye kya hai?

Angrezo bharat chhodo toh suna tha, ye #ChabiChodo kya hai?

 This #ChabiChodo campaign is storming Facebook and Twitter to encourage Navi-Mumbai residents to take part in NMMT Bus Day on 23rd Feb 2016.

#ChabiChodo campaign is a biggest pollution fight initiative in Mumbai till date.
The main idea behind this initiative is to observe the changes on the pollution and  traffic level by using public transport. That’s why we call it as “Chabi Chhodo Initiative” literally translated into leave your keys behind.

Zophop is an app that is especially designed to know the timing, cost and details of the bus that you can avail on 23th Feb 2016 in the support of bus day initiative!

So, if you are living in Navi-Mumbai and want to contribute a little to make the environment better to live in then, support and use public transport and plant more trees!

Visit NMMT Bus Day Website for more details.

It Is Time to Make Navi-Mumbai Pollution Free!


The recent Deonar fire gave us a glimpse of what Mumbai would be like in high Delhi-like pollution levels. Despite having the sea nearby it took 4-5 days for the smoke, dust pollution to clear from the air. Recorded Air Quality Index during that time was 325 in the morning and 341 inn evening.

While the  alarming levels have now dropped the story is still the same for certain patches in Mumbai ( read Chembur, Andheri, Sion among them). This air problem is slowly spreading to the suburban areas as well.

green city

While you can always blame the government for not caring for the health of its citizens we think it falls upon us too to care for our city.  Keeping this concern in mind, NMMT is organizing a Bus day in Navi Mumbai to promote the use of public transport. It’s aim is to convince Mumbai residents to use public transport on 23th Feb 2016 and to avoid private vehicles to keep the pollution and traffic in control! So come forward to lend your hand to make Navi-Mumbai Pollution Free!

This initiative will run with the help of Zophop app and Green Society Forum.

Like Navi Mumbai Bus Day on Facebook.
Tweeti about this campaign using #‎ChabiChodo.


Bus Day is an awareness initiative by NMMT in assoication with the public transport app Zophop and GSF to promote the use of public transport among people. The bigger aim is to convince people from all strata of the society to start using public transport for their everyday travel. It is a call to all the citizens of Navi Mumbai to use public transport on 23rd Feb, 2016 for their getting about in the city.

What is so special about NMMT Bus Day?
Bus Day has been suggested by NMMT and a few other enthusiastic participants( Zophop and GSF ). The idea behind Bus Day is to observe changes which can be brought in the city trying to respect environment-traffic situation aiming to improve the health of individuals.

What should be done on Bus Day?
We should not use our private vehicles for one day. We should use public transport, walk a little more and plant trees.

Who are the people participating in Bus Day?
It is an event for all citizens of Navi Mumbai as well as for corporations around Navi Mumbai i.e., all individulas, companies, government organizatoins, auto-rickshaws, NMMT, Navi Mumbai Police…and everyone who lives in Navi Mumbai and cares for the environment of the city.

What is the responsibility of these participants?
Everyone has to either use or help others to use Public Transport. As an individual, do not use your cars for a day, use only Public Transport. Companies should permit all employees to come to the office by bus. Auto-rickshaws should take fair fare, the traffic police should manage the situation on road.

How can Bus Day be a success?
Bus Day will be a success if we see that the roads are not congested, there is less noise pollution on roads( read: no more honking), when we can see a change in traffic around us, if we cannot see smoke rings around street lights in night, if we can see winter fog instead of smog, if, in the night sky we can see the stars clear and bright.Bus Day has been planned on 23rd February 2016. On that day we request you to leave your personal vehicles behind and JUST TAKE A BUS to commute!

To get real-time information of buses on this special day, kindly use this app.

Buses, the environment and NMMT BUS DAY


Motor vehicle emissions are the main source of air pollution in major cities, and make a substantial contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. By driving your car an average of 50 kilometres a day, you contribute around 4 tonnes of greenhouse gases, particulates and smog–causing pollutants to the atmosphere every year. This pollutes the air we breathe and contributes to environmental degradation.

You can help reduce air pollution in your city by swapping your car trip for bus travel wherever possible. Every bus trip has the potential to keep around 50 cars off the road. Imagine the reduction in air pollution, noise pollution and traffic congestion if every person in India swapped their car trip for bus travel, even just once every week.

Take the bus for a better environment for you and your family.
Bus today,for a better tomorrow

An odd policy

The odd-even car proposal is being enforced in Delhi without any evidence or cost-benefit analysis

We are now preparing for the eventuality that on any given day, only odd- or even-numbered cars will operate in Delhi. Before such a policy is implemented, it would be logical to ask the following questions:

Do we know how many cars and motorcycles registered in Delhi are on the roads every day? Has any city succeeded with such a policy? Are we sure how much each pollutant will be reduced if this policy is implemented? What is the proportion of vehicles that will have to be exempted by this law? Do we have the technology and the policing capability to enforce this law?

Unfortunately, the Delhi government and most of the NGOs pushing for this policy do not have a clue about the actual numbers. The first auto fuel policy committee, led by R.A. Mashelkar, published a report in 2002, which showed that the actual number of motorcycles and cars active on Delhi roads was about 65 per cent of the registered numbers. From the political establishment to the media to the researchers, everyone ignored this aspect of the report. In 2013 and 2014, researchers from IIT-Delhi conducted similar surveys in Delhi, Rajkot and Visakhapatnam and discovered that the actual number of vehicles operating in these cities was about 50 to 55 per cent of the registered vehicles. These results have been published in special reports, international journals and newspapers. The Central and state governments were also informed, but no action was taken. It appears that because of the one-time registration system, no vehicle ever leaves the registration records.

The studies also indicated that the car and motorcycle fleet in Delhi was one of the youngest, had one of the highest fuel efficiency values, and was driven for a shorter distance annually compared to those in European cities. The most recent census data indicates that, in Delhi, only 13 per cent of the work trips use cars as compared to Singapore where the share of cars is more than 30 per cent — and that is in spite of the excellent public transport facilities and hard restrictions on car ownership in Singapore.

It is no one’s case that car-use should not be minimised in Delhi. But in order to do so, we must first know the facts as well as the international policy experience to better evaluate our options.

An impression has been created that many cities have been successful with such policies. The fact is that not a single city in the world has succeeded in enforcing the odd-even policy over any length of time. Beijing is the most often discussed example. But even in China, this policy was successfully implemented only around the Olympic Games. Only a few cities in the developing world have experimented with this idea — and all have failed. The results of the policy were unintended. For instance, it led to increased sales of motorcycles and cheaper, used cars by people wanting to own both odd and even numbered vehicles. This resulted in more accidents and increased pollution. It also led to a greater use of false number plates. Moreover, everyone demanded exemptions, including the elderly, the disabled and even those claiming to have an important occupation, like doctors.

We do not even have a reliable estimate about the expected reduction in the small particulate matter (PM2.5) as a result of this policy. As of now, there are only two scientific studies that give us somewhat reliable estimates for the proportion of PM2.5 emitted by the transport vehicles in Delhi.

S. Guttikunda’s modelling studies estimate this to be less than 20 per cent of the total. Pallavi Pant and her associates conducted a study around the heavily travelled Mathura Road and estimated the contribution of the road traffic exhaust to be 18.7 per cent and 16.2 per cent in the summer and winter seasons respectively.

A thought exercise can be conducted by taking an exaggerated version of these estimates at 30 per cent. In most cities where studies have been done, freight and delivery vehicles contribute at least 30 per cent. These will have to be exempted and so will all the taxis, emergency vehicles and other municipal services. This would mean that less than half of the vehicles polluting the city would be affected (15 per cent of pollution) by such an odd-even policy. Of these, half of the vehicles will be allowed on the road and, therefore, the most optimistic estimate of PM2.5 reduction will be around 7 per cent. We also know that when vehicle-use is restricted, other vehicles travel more every day. This leaves us with an estimated pollution reduction of less than 5 per cent.

However, we do have an enormous public health problem at hand and people want something to be done. The global evidence suggests that the best policy is restricting car-use. This can be achieved by enforcing stricter parking restrictions at all locations, including offices, and by making people pay for the parking. This should be accompanied by lifting the restrictions on the auto-rickshaws and taxis plying in the NCR region.

In addition, all taxes affecting taxi and auto-rickshaw operations should be replaced by an engine-size-based annual pollution tax imposed on all private vehicles and used, in turn, to fund public transport. The above measures will lead to a greater public demand for the provisioning of safer and more convenient public transport facilities. In turn, it would also incentivise walking and bicycling in the city, and cleaner air.


Odd-even formula: Restrictions to be based on dates, not days, says Delhi govt


Clearing the air of confusion over the odd-even number formula, the Delhi government on Tuesday said that now it would be date-wise and not day-wise.

“Odd-numbered dates will be for odd-numbered cars and even-numbered date for even number cars,” Delhi’s Transport Minister Gopal Rai said. “On 1 January, 2016, odd-numbered cars and two-wheelers would be allowed on Delhi roads, whereas on 2 January, the even-numbered vehicles would move. After receiving feedback, we’ve decided not to go for days but for dates to avoid any confusion.”

The rule will be applicable between 8 am to 8 pm every day, and Sundays will be exempted of the number formula.

Here’s what the Delhi government has planned

1. Vehicles with odd numbers will be allowed on road on dates with odd numbers (1,3,5,7,9,11, etc) and vehicles with even numbers on even-numbered dates (0,2,4,6,8,10, etc).

2. Number will be based on the last digit of the vehicle as displayed on the number plate. Zero will be considered an even number.

3. The rule will be applicable between 8 am and 8 pm every day.

4. Sundays exempted.

5. The trial run of the formula will be between 1 and 15 January.

6. After discussion with the school bus-owners, additional buses would be brought on roads.

7. Delhi Metro Rail Corporation will be asked to increase its frequency and extend its timing.

8. Awareness building exercise will be taken up at a bigger scale.

9. 1000 new buses in next three months.

10. A notice will be served in a week for closing down of Delhi’s oldest power plant at Badarpur and Rajghat, to curb pollution.

11. The government will come up with its complete blueprint by 25 December.

12. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will hold a review meeting with all the stakeholders and agencies related to transportation.

13. 200 check-points in the city will be created to check pollution level.

14. Trucks will be allowed inside Delhi from 10.30 pm.

15. Exemption in the case of emergency, disabled persons, patients, etc.

“The government have had a detailed discussion with the traffic police and they would do preparedness for the launch of this initiative. Like in the case of car-free day, civil defence will work along with police for proper functioning of the system. The CM has issued instructions to the PWD for taking steps towards pollution control. We’ll review all vehicles on public domain,” Rai said.

At present, Delhi has 4,700 DTC buses, by which nearly 45 lakh people commute daily and there’s a requirement of 11,000 new buses. Delhi Metro has 216 trains and used by nearly 25 lakh passengers daily.

Delhi’s former Transport Minister Ramakant Goswami remarked, “If the AAP-government succeeds in getting 1000 buses in three months, it’s a welcome step; but we need to wait and watch. But till then where those 50% people who won’t be able to drive or ride on a given day (due to odd-even formula) be adjusted? Do we’ve have enough buses, Metro trains, autos to ply them from 1 January? Before implementing this number formula, the government should have created an alternative public transport system to carry all those people who won’t be driving.”

– Via Pune12

This Diwali #livemore


Diwali is a festival of lights.
Haha, you know that. God that’s too simple a start.
Lets try this again
Diwali is a festival of lights.The streets are lit bright, our houses are swept clean, everything is prettily decorated, there is a vibe all around you, a positive feel-good vibe, there is something different about the atmosphere – you are around your near and dear ones and collectively everyone is in a good happy nice mood.

That is how Diwali looks and feels.

But, then there is also that morning after Diwali. When the entire city is covered in smoke from the crackers burnt last night. And there is also that week after Diwali when you realise that you have put on a few more kgs that you thought you would.

Everything, as we know it, is changing all around us. Last year all of us came together and voted an incompetent government out of power, a few days ago some of us got together and made it clear to that government that it cannot rule everywhere ( time will tell whether we did the right thing or not). Wouldn’t it be such a drag if we did it this time in the same manner that we have been doing it all this while especially when we know that we can do better, much better.

How, how do we do it better, you ask?
There could be more, but we shall just stick to the basics –

1. #LightMoreLiveMore
Light more diyas. Hang up more bright blinking LEDS. Do this not just for your house or for your street, do it for places which seldom see light. Go light a poor neighbourhood. Or if you feel excessively adventurous go light a village without power. Stick to the poor neighbourhood for this festival. Light has been historically linked with hope. Light the house of those less privileged than you, give them some hope, help them live more.

  1. #BurnLessLiveMore
    Why do you hate this planet?
    Why do you hate the environment?
    No you don’t?
    Of course you do. You are always doing things which hurt earth, aren’t you?

Anyway, that is a discussion for another time. But I think you get what I am saying. Don’t be stupid and burn crackers and pollute this beautiful planet because of which you exist.

No. Don’t . Just don’t.


  1. #EatLessLiveMore
    This is one is just for your own selfish good, you will thank me once this festival is over. By now, I guess, most of us have learnt that weight is easier gained than lost. So please please watch what you are eating, don’t over eat, don’t over drink.

Be a little sensible, be safe and have a brilliant holiday season!



How would you solve the commute problem in Indian cities

Commuting daily becomes a tiresome chore in Indian cities.  Whether it be the hour long traffic jams, the bad roads or the overstressed transit infrastructure, travelling everyday to work or leisure leaves space for little pleasure.


last week we initiated a discussion on what would you do to solve the commute problem in Indian cities. We threw open the discussion to everyone one Facebook and our blog.

While most agreed that strict adherence to traffic rules and harsh punishment to defaulters would go a long way in de-congesting Indian roads, a few others raised some very good points.

One of our top commentors, Majid Khan was of the view that we should do our bit while the government does its. Discipling ourselves to be punctual and good speed/law abiding drivers would decrease the risk to our lives and also of those on roads.


Abhijeet Kashyap was of the view that the maintenance of public infrastructure is not just the responsibility of the people who built them but also of the people who use them.


Junaid made a suggestion 2 which would create a lot of job opportunities plus decrease overcrowding in buses and trains.


Some of our other top commentors suggested –










Greenest Polluted City

You have been hearing it for a while now. Yes, they have have been saying how Delhi smog will shorten your lifespan. The air quality index is one of the worst in the country and also the world. Despite of the fact that –

Delhi is one of the greenest cities in the world with a green cover of almost 20%. 


And that – The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) runs the world’s largest fleet of environmentally-friendly buses. These buses run on on CNG, which is far less polluting than buses that run on diesel and petrol.
3990642074_22843c24c5Probably it is the cars that are polluting our city. Use public transport more, make Delhi air cleaner, live longer.

All the images used in this post have been taken from the very generous free-sharing-open-source-kind-of-market that we have on the world wide web. For my take on this kind of sharing, if you are interested please read – this.   

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