We’ve got some news, via the Indian Express, from Noida. In an almost unparalleled move of responsibility measures and foresight by a local government, Uttar Pradesh’s administration has taken further steps to combat our increasing pollution problems.
From January 1, the working hours of offices, schools, shops and factories will be altered. Studies have shown this move could decrease vehicle congestion by almost 20%, which in turn would lead to an overall reduction in pollution.
What exactly does the scheme entail?
Weekly holidays have been altered for shops and factories. Whereas before all industries followed the Monday to Friday work week, now certain sectors in Noida will get Mondays off instead of Saturdays. While factories in Sectors 1 - 6 will operate from 8.30am - 5.30pm, Sectors 7 - 11 will function from 9am - 6pm.
Working hours and school timings have been altered by half an hour, with different sectors functioning at different times.
With the idea that even one to two hours of congestion-free roads can make a difference, the administration in Noida are taking action now. How well the plan works, or is implemented, is up for discussion, but all parties involved should be applauded for their attempts to make a change.