‘Fuel and environment conservation are not for Bangaloreans’

August 20th, 2008 - 9:36 pm ICT by IANS  

Bangalore, Aug 20 (IANS) A survey conducted among more than 300 Bangaloreans, who earn upwards of Rs.20,000 a month and drive their own cars, shows majority of them do not care about the environment and scoff at talk of fuel conservation.The response of the people surveyed showed “individual comfort scores over greater good like fuel conservation and climate change”, Biodiversity Conservation (India) Ltd (BCIL), a city-based alternative technology enterprise, which conducted the survey, said in its report.

“Bangaloreans hardly pay attention to fuel conservation and do not care about environment,” the report titled ‘BCIL Eco-Pulse’ said.

BCIL, a 13-year-old organisation, which advocates and builds eco-friendly houses, justified the small number of people surveyed to gauge the opinion.

“We have adopted a method covering a cross section of the population from various zones of the city to give a fair idea about the general habit of car owners in Bangalore,” BCIL CEO Chandrashekar Hariharan said.

The survey was conducted over a period of six weeks and people between the ages of 21 and 50, whose monthly income was more than Rs.20,000, were covered, Hariharan said.

Asked why only car-owners were approached for the survey, he said carbon dioxide emission from transport was increasing more than six percent per annum in the country and it was a dangerous sign.

“We need to think of methods to conserve fuel. The city is not doing too well on most indicators of the fuel conservation,” Hariharan added.

The survey suggests that 11 percent of the respondents spend more than Rs.5,000 per month on fuel while 30 percent spend over Rs.4,000 and 48 percent spend over Rs.3,000 for the purpose.

Only 22 percent of the respondents have practiced car polling.

More than 50 percent were averse to using public transport services and 43 percent were not willing to try them, even if the standard of the services is improved.

Reasons cited for lack of interest in using public transport included over-crowded buses, poor frequency and poor quality of buses.

The survey says 30 percent of car owners have already decided against using the yet-to be completed and much-hyped metro services in the city. (Construction on the first phase of the metro is on and is expected to be completed by 2011).

“A drastic overhaul of our public transport system and a major change in the citizens’ perception is the need of the hour to make fuel conservation a reality,” Hariharan said.

According to official estimates, on an average, everyday one million four-wheelers and two million two-wheelers move on the city’s roads.

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