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NCR IT, tech companies offer alternative travel options to employees to tackle odd-even rule

December 30, 2015: Several leading IT and tech companies in the National Capital Region (NCR) have come out with plans to help ease travel conditions for their employees, following the imposition of curbs on the movement of private cars in the region from January 1 as part of a concerted anti-pollution campaign by the Delhi government.

Gurgaon, Noida and Greater Noida, three of the most vibrant IT hubs in the NCR, are home to hundreds of international and domestic IT, financial services, media and entertainment, technology, consumer electronics and other high-growth sector firms.

Tens of thousands of employees of these companies commute daily between the satellite cities and the national capital. But with the introduction of the odd-even formula for cars – where cars with odd- or even-numbered registration plates can be deployed only on alternative days – from January 1 for a fortnight on an experimental basis, the companies are worried about absenteeism.

The solutions that they offer their employees include carpooling, the operation of CNG cars to transport employees to the nearest metro stations, introduction of flexible timings, and tying up with taxi aggregator firms.