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How Gurugram's office-goers to Delhi are coping with odd-even

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​Gurugram coping with Delhi's odd-even
Crowded metro rides, longer workdays (reach before 8 am, leave after 8 pm), pooling cars and switching from one mode of transport to another — this has been the story of Gurugram’s week trying to cope with Delhi’s odd-even scheme, which is not applicable in the Millennium City but affects it anyway.
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​Unreliable public transport network
With the option of using their own vehicle gone on half the days, commuters are finding the public transport network, especially buses, unreliable and inadequate.

According to the Haryana transport department, over 300 buses connect the city with Delhi. Of these, only 15-20 buses are run by the department, especially for Gurugram-Delhi commuters.

Apart from that, around 200 are operated by DTC that connect Gurugram with Dhaula Kuan, Anand Vihar, Karol Bagh and Uttam Nagar.
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​Connectivity problem
Gurugram Metropolitan City Bus Limited (GMCBL), which was supposed to launch buses on two routes — Gurugram to Dwarka and Dhaula Kuan — does not offer any connectivity yet as it is awaiting approval from the Delhi transport department.

While buses might be available, there are not too many takers for them. Last-mile connectivity is a deterrent, with commuters preferring the comfort of a direct cab. Besides, most people were unaware about the routes.
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​Changing modes of public transport
Commuters complained that they have to change at least three modes of public transport these days in order to reach their office in Delhi.
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​Commuting chaos
While some have decided to work from home in order to avoid the commuting chaos, others are making use of exemptions given to women drivers and senior citizens by carpooling.
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​Ending on positive note
Jagmeet Singh, a communication professional, who has an even-numbered car, travels with a female colleague on odd days and his even car on others. “Odd-even scheme has proved to be a positive development for traffic management. It is saving a lot of hassle. Even Gurugram authorities should think about implementing it,” he said.

Pulkit Prakash, a third-year UG student, feels public transport has helped him save fuel expenses by up to 25%. “I feel the odd-even scheme is being criticised unfairly.

My family has two odd-numbered cars, so I take the metro on even days. The nearest station is 9 km away, at Iffco Chowk, so I take an Uber motorbike first. Metro stations are usually less crowded at 8 am when I leave for my classes. Travelling 60 km to and from Gurugram would cost me Rs 400 every day with the car, but with public transport it comes down to Rs 300,” said Pulkit.
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