Use of NMT By City Authorities Will Inspire Common People: BMC Commissioner

Bhubaneswar: Voluntarily following the rule of coming to respective offices via Non-Motorised Transport (NMT) once a week on Friday, the officials of Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL), Bhubaneswar Development Authority (BDA) and Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) set a precedent on green and clean initiatives.

On December 11, the three city-based organizations had issued office orders to their employees regarding coming to office from next Friday, i.e. December 13 either on cycle or by walking so that there would be no use of motorized vehicle for the to and fro office journey.

Chief Executive Officer of Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited Prem Chandra Chaudhary, who also holds the responsibilities of Vice-Chairman BDA and Commissioner BMC led from front and rode to his office in a cycle. He said, “Personally speaking, I regularly cycle and also vouch for it. The decision to come to the office every Friday via NMT was a cumulative step. We discussed at length with our employees and they happily agreed. We felt responsible since we are the city authorities. All in all, we are more than 1500 employees and today’s step will impact the common people.”

Speaking about the Mo Cycle program, he said that Smart City program’s technical team is working towards making one single app for ‘Mo Cycle’ instead of three separate app which are in use currently. This will further simplify the life of smart city denizens.

OMMCOM NEWS observed that all employees of BSCL, BMC and BDA came to office via cycles or by walking.

Notably, as per the figures available from the Regional Transport Office (RTO), while the city’s population as per the 2011 Census is around 10 lakh, there are more than 14 lakh vehicles in the city. The vehicles outnumbering the human population has become a major concern and already the State Government has initiated work on developing a low-carbon mobility plan (LCMP) for the State Capital. The Housing and Urban Development Department and BDA in co-operation with German development agency Deutsche Gesellschaftfür Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) are jointly working on the LCMP project for the city.

Prem Chand Choudhry, BMC Commissioner, Bhubaneswar


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