Disruption key for progress: CM Pinarayi Vijayan
Chief Minister Mr Pinarayi Vijayan said his Government will accelerate deployment of disruptive digital resources in development initiatives and also in addressing challenges facing people. He was launching G-Ride, a digital ride sharing platform specially designed and deployed for the IT industry, by the Group of Technology Companies (GTech), the industry body of IT companies in the state.
Easing traffic, tackling parking woes, reducing fuel consumption, lowering pollution levels and providing convenient modes of transport are of high priority. We need to explore citizen driven models, enabled by technology, to achieve these goals. G-Ride will be a model for the state”, Mr. Vijayan added.
G-Ride automatically matches co-workers and neighbors, and help them travel together to work. It is available in android and iOS versions. Several IT companies in cities like Bengaluru, Chennai and Noida already encourage car-pooling and ride-sharing.
“A large number of professionals in IT industry drive or ride to work, as they find this most convenient. Ninety person of them drive alone. This will change as G-Ride gives them the option to offer friends and colleagues a pick-up or to hitch a ride with someone in the neighbourhood”, said Mr K Nanda Kumar, Chairman of GTech.
“Digital technology determines the pace and direction of development. G-Ride will be a hit among IT professionals who are proficient in devising and also using such platforms” said Mr M Sivasankar, Secretary for IT, Government of Kerala.
“G-Ride allows commute from and to our work place in Technopark and Infopark. Riders can see the profiles of co-passengers in advance. One can opt to display car-pooling options restricted to the same gender. These are robust security features”, said Lashmy Menon, a senior software engineer with UST Global, who shared her car for close to hundred rides and one thousand five hundred kilometres during testing phase. Several others who were part of the pilot run shared their experiences.
“The target is to bring down the use of vehicles by half”, said Mr Hrishikesh Nair, Chief Executive Officer, IT parks. GTech vice-chairman Alexander Varghese, Secretary Vijay Kumar P, Chief Executive Officer Renjith Ramanujam and representatives of the industry were present at the cermony at Cliff House, the official residence of the Chief Minister.