Parisar is a civil society organization working on lobbying and advocacy for sustainable development.
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Implement Pune's parking policyIn the last 5 years, Pune’s air pollution has crossed the permissible stage. Particulate matter smaller than 2.5 microns are found in abundance. These microns enter the bloodstream and cause a host of diseases amongst people. Vehicular parking on roads has become a menace in the last few years. Cars and bikes take up parking space in multiple areas around cities, causing traffic blocks and congestion. More than 90% of these parking spaces are free. To regulate this, in 2018, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) proposed a parking policy for the city.1 This policy mandated a minimum charge for two-wheelers and four-wheelers for parking and special overnight parking charges. PMC officials said that this policy was required so that the roads have space for free vehicular movement. Apart from that, this policy also encourages using public transport thereby reducing pollution and improving air quality. Some of the highlights of the policy are: -- Subdivide the city into parking districts to cater to the customised needs of each district -- Improve last mile connectivity by having no parking charges for cycles and intermediary transport (autos, taxis etc) -- Achieving 80% of motorised trips through public transport by 2031. -- Important parts of the city will be named ‘no parking zones’ Despite being approved in March 2018, the Mayor is reluctant on implementing this much needed policy. It has been over a year since the approval and in this time, the Mayor hasn’t reviewed or chalked out a plan for this policy. Worse, in December 2018, the ‘pay and park’ scheme was scrapped before polls to appease the citizens. This resulted in the clogging of several areas in Pune and a chaotic traffic condition. In collaboration with Parisar, a civil society organisation working on transport and civil society development, this campaign is appealing to the mayor of Pune to implementing this parking policy, which is imperative for the long-term vision of clean air and a congestion-free Pune. Sign the petition now and ask Mayor Mukta Tilak to implement the parking policy.243 of 300 SignaturesCreated by Jhatkaa .org
Increase ridership of Pune busesAre 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 3.5 million, the number of registered vehicles has reached 3.62 million. 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. It has now become crucial for the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Ltd (PMPML) to encourage citizens to shift from their personal vehicles and increase its ridership substantially by providing an efficient system - clean and comfortable buses deployed at regular intervals providing a safe and reliable journey to commuters. The current average daily ridership of PMPML buses is around ten lakhs. The existing fleet of 1,978 buses, of which only 70% ply on any given day, falls woefully short of the number prescribed in the city’s own Comprehensive Mobility Plan. Breakdowns are frequent –almost 35 every day! Along with Parisar, a civil society organisation working on making Pune city more liveable with a focus on sustainable urban transport, we urge the PMPML to set a target and take steps to double their ridership in three years with a 25% increase each year. Sign this petition urging the PMPML to commit to double the ridership in three years. There should bean 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.474 of 500 SignaturesCreated by Jhatkaa .org