Vehicle density spells bad news for motorists

May 26, 2015 12:00 am | Updated 05:34 am IST

Motorists in the city who are already feeling faint from the extreme heat on the streets would swoon if they come to know that the city has the highest vehicle density in the country. This means that vehicle users are at a greater risk of contracting respiratory problems because of a concentration of noxious automobile fumes on the roads.

In an interesting study done by a team from Traffline comparing the vehicular population with road length, it has been found that Chennai ranks number one in vehicle density. Normally Delhi having the highest vehicle population of 73.50 lakh, which is double that of other metro cities like Bengaluru and Chennai, is supposed to be ranked first in vehicle emission also. But actually Delhi’s vehicle density is only one-tenth of Chennai. The study also shatters the theory that pollution monitors may be showing green because the gadgets have been placed in ‘wrong’ locations.

Somanath Nath, Business Development Executive, Birds Eye Systems, said the statistic on vehicle density and pollution levels collated from various sources present an ironical picture. The seven top cities in terms of vehicle population are New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Mumbai and Kolkata but Chennai tops the density list with 2,093 vehicles per kilometre of road. The reason behind this is Delhi’s enormous advantage in road length of 30,000 kilometres against road length of 10,200 km in Bengaluru, Mumbai having 2,000 km, and Chennai having merely 1,800 km of road length, Mr. Nath added.

The study has set the ball rolling for the residents to use more of public transport and less of private vehicles.

Chennai airport

on Twitter

Passengers flying through Chennai airport have complained of various issues from stinking toilets to collapse of false ceiling. But, most often, they may think the complaints are never heard. So, there are quite a number of them who resort to venting their frustration in social media.

They can now comfortably do so by directly communicating with the Chennai airport’s director through the twitter handle @aaichnairport.

Airport director Deepak Shastri said, “The point is to use this platform to communicate effectively with passengers and get their feedback. We have already received quite a few responses.”

Just after the Twitter handle was created, some suggestions and, of course, complaints were tweeted by air passengers. But what is surprising is that the response has been rather quite prompt. The

Immediately after a baby monkey entered the terminal, it was tweeted along with the action they were taking for the same. “As requested by so many, I hereby give my email ID which is for your valuable suggestions, comments & issues also.”

This apart, it has also indulged in retweeting some interesting news from twitter handles of various airlines.

There haven’t been too many followers as yet; so far, the handle has 54 tweets and 40 followers.

With this new platform for communication, whether or not the issues may be resolved, now passengers can at least air their grievances.

( Reporting by R. Srikanth and Sunitha Sekar )

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