System will be introduced in Bengaluru this year, says Siddaramaiah
MYSURU: After flagging off the public bicycle sharing (PBS) system – the first-of-itskind in India – here on Sunday, chief minister Siddaramaiah said that the scheme would be introduced in Bengaluru later this year.
Attributing the rising air pollution levels in Bengaluru to its vehicular population, Siddaramaiah said, “Many people are contracting air pollution-related diseases as a result. Use of cycles will decongest Bengaluru’s streets and bring down air pollution.Mysuru is not so crowded, which is why people want to come and settle here. But in the coming days, population of Mysuru will increase. So, those going to office need to bear this in mind, and start using bicycles. It will also bode well for the city if tourists start using bicycles.”
The CM, who relived his youth by enjoying a ride around Jayachamarajendra Wadiyar Circle where he launched the scheme, pointed out that the number of vehicles had shot up drastically in Mysuru in the recent years.Highlighting the need for Indian cities to embrace ecofriendly modes of transport, Siddaramaiah added, “Although the population of Mysuru is just 12 lakh, there are more than 6.5 lakh vehicles in the city. As the number of vehicles increase, roads will become more congested and pollution levels will also rise. It is in order to decongest the streets and reduce air pollution that 600 cities across the world, including Paris (Velib), London (Santander Bikes), have adopted PBS system. Other Indian cities such as Bhopal, Jaipur, Delhi, Thane among others, now want to follow Mysuru’s example and embrace cycling since it is an eco-friendly means of transport.