Hyderabad: Seemingly exasperated by the gridlock in posh Banjara and Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anjani Kumar urged the rich to opt for car pooling to reduce traffic mess in the city.
"Can we appeal to the rich of Banjara and Jubilee hills for pooling cars to send children to school? You will reduce the traffic congestion at peak hours. Let us work together and pool resources to have a better Hyderabad. Each one of you can contribute," he tweeted.
Tweeple couldn't keep their calm and criticized his word selection. "With due respect Sir! Gone are the days where the "Rich and Mighty" were restricted to Jubilee Hills and Banjara Hills! Now you can find more than one car in each household. Eg: Basthi behind Panjagutta Market has 8 to 10 vehicles with no parking in their own houses," said one Twitter user.
Some also suggested sending children to schools in buses. "Can we send all the kids in the school buses? They can socialize with the other kids? School buses can accommodate 40-50 kids! Cost of 50 card and car pooling time etc will be saved!! Mother nature will be saved for sure!!" said another Twitter user.
Few backed the Commissioner's appeal and termed it as "nice suggestion". " Nice suggestion. One should not feel sending children in pooling cars. It not only reduces congestion but pollution too. Children have good company with one another. Neighbours can pool if not far away," said one of the netizens.
Speaking to Newsmeter, Commissioner of Police, Hyderabad, Anjani Kumar said, "The purpose behind car pooling was to reduce congestion. I had mentioned the names of Banjara hills and Jubilee Hills to evoke interest among people. There is nothing personal towards Banjara and Jubilee Hills, that was just a reference. School buses can definitely be a solution, 100 percent. I support children going to school in school buses. People here in Hyderabad refer to Banjara hills and Jubilee Hills when they think of the "rich". If I had mentioned Hyderabad, people wouldn't have understood."
Speaking on the same, Additional Commissioner of Traffic Police, Anil Kumar said, "Carpooling will help in reducing Air pollution, Noise Pollution, congestion and it will also be economically beneficiary for people who use it."