A New Delhi-based research and advocacy organization warned against growing dependence on personal vehicles for commute. It says that it can lead to “irreversible damages” and also the that greenhouse gas emissions from transport has recorded the steepest increase in recent years.
“The share of public transport – at the same time – is expected to decrease from 75.5 percent in 2000-01, to 44.7 percent in 2030-31, while the share of personal transport will be over 50 percent,” The Center for Science and Environment (CSE) said.
“Growing dependence on personal vehicles for urban commute can lead to irreversible trends and damages. Greenhouse gas emissions from transport — though the third highest currently among all sectors — has recorded the steepest increase. This is also responsible for health-damaging toxic exposure,” says CSE Director General Sunita Narain
So, one of the ways to get over this is to provide integrated public transport systems to provide attractive, comfortable and reliable options supported by walking and cycling infrastructure, said Anumita Roychowdhury, the Executive Director-Research, and Advocacy at the CSE.