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Safeguard Pune's health: Implement Parking PolicyAre you aware that amongst all the sources of air pollution, vehicular emissions have the highest adverse health impacts? The main hazardous pollutants among these are particulate matter (PM), sulphur dioxide (SO2 ), nitrogen oxide(NOx ), carbon monoxide (CO2), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and greenhouse gases. Out of these, the fine and ultrafine PM penetrate the cells of most organs and cause severe respiratory, cardiovascular, neurological illnesses and even premature death, especially in children and the elderly. While Pune’s population is 35 lakhs, the number of registered vehicles has crossed 38 lakhs. This explosive growth in vehicular population has meant increase in vehicular emissions, and hence increased air pollution. Reducing the usage of private vehicles will reducevehicular emissions to a large extent, thus mitigating air pollution. A parking policy can play a big role in controlling the number of vehicles on the road. Vehicular parking on roads has become a menace in the last few years. Currently, there are no parking charges levied anywhere across the city. Parking spots are occupied (longer than they should) leading to indiscriminate and haphazard parking that creates traffic blocks and congestion. This in turn amounts to vehicles being on the road longer, thus emitting more pollutants. When a parking policy mandates high parking charges, people are encouraged to reduce personal vehicle trips and use alternative methods of commute like pooling, using public transport, walking or cycling, or in some cases avoiding the trip altogether. To facilitate this, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) approved a parking policy in March 2018. The main highlight of the policy was to ensure parking charges for on-street parking for all vehicles based on the space occupied by the vehicle, and as per demand (higher rates in high demand areas or during peak hours). The decision of the ruling party (BJP) at the time of passing the policy was to form a committee headed by the Mayor which would select five streets on which parking would be implemented for six months on a pilot basis, before applying it all over the city. A year and a half later, the committee is yet to decide these five streets, thus effectively stalling the policy. The Mayor, Nayana Gunde, has failed in discharging her duties and it is time for the Municipal Commissioner, Saurabh Rao, who yields the power to do so, to take some firm actions and get the policy implemented. Parisar, a civil society organisation working towards making Pune city more liveable with a focus on sustainable urban transport, had in fact urged the Commissioner to look into the matter but no action has been taken till date. Parisar, in collaboration with Jhatkaa is demanding the Municipal Commissioner of Pune to implement this long pending parking policy without any further delay. Support us by signing this petition which is a huge step towards achieving the long-term goal of clean air and a congestion-free Pune.254 of 300 SignaturesCreated by Jhatkaa .org
Increase ridership of Pune buses by 2020Are you aware that amongst all the sources of air pollution, vehicular emissions have the highest adverse health impacts? The main hazardous pollutants of fossil fuels-based vehicular emissions are particulate matter (PM), sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxide(NOx), carbon monoxide (CO), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and greenhouse gases. Out of these, the fine and ultrafine PM is able to penetrate the cells of most organs and cause severe respiratory, cardiovascular, neurological illnesses and even premature death, especially in children and the elderly. While Pune city’s population is approximately 35 lakhs, the number of registered vehicles has crossed 38 lakhs. This explosive growth in vehicular population has meant an increase in vehicular emissions, and hence increased air pollution. Reducing the usage of private vehicles will reduce vehicular emissions to a large extent. A robust public transportation system can address these issues and ensure that citizens have an option to use their personal vehicles. Shifting from cars to public transport can deliver a 65 per cent emissions reduction during peak times and a 95 per cent reduction in emissions during off peak times from the commuters that make the shift. *The fuel consumption of a passenger travelling on a bus carrying 40 passengers is 4 times lower than the per passenger consumption of a car carrying 2 persons. * Buses fare way better than cars even in terms of road space. Per passenger road space taken by a bus is 3 times lower than a car. Therefore, congestion increases when cars take up extra road space. * Higher the congestion more is the time spent by vehicles on the road. The vehicle's engines run longer, thus emitting more pollutants. Pune is one of the 102 non-attainment cities that does not meet the NAAQS (National Ambient Air Quality Standards) under the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP). Under the Pune City Action Plan, as mandated by the NCAP, Pune has committed to improve its public transport, including PMPML's service, as one of the key actions for reducing air pollution. It has now become crucial that the citizens shift from their personal vehicles to public transport. This would be possible only if PMPML provides an efficient system - clean and comfortable buses deployed at regular intervals, with minimum breakdowns, providing a safe and reliable journey to its commuters - thereby increasing its ridership. Has the PMPML shown a rise in ridership? The trend of average daily ridership of PMPML buses over the last few years does not paint a very encouraging picture. The ridership in March 2016 was 10.09 lakhs whereas after three years, the March 2019 ridership dropped to 9.90 lakhs. In this same period, private vehicles (2 wheelers and cars) have shown a staggering increase of 9.20 lakhs! On the contrary, a few months ago Mumbai's bus service, BEST, was being severely criticized for its falling ridership. But with focused planning, and with a substantial reduction in bus fare, they increased their ridership by 9 lakhs in just 10 days! This shows that with some creative thinking and dedicated effort, it is very possible to ramp up PMPML's performance too, and there needs to be a will in the administration to do so. Along with Parisar, a civil society organisation working on making Pune more liveable with a focus on sustainable urban transport, we urge PMPML to commit to double their ridership in three years with a 25% increase each year. There should be an increased bus force, efficient deployment and maintenance of buses and better management of routes to help achieve the long-term goal of clean air and a congestion-free Pune. Sign this petition for a decongested, traffic-free and more environmentally sustainable Pune!487 of 500 SignaturesCreated by Jhatkaa .org