Sameer Khanna's commuting woes knew no bounds while stuck in the regular bottlenecks between Delhi and Gurgaon, as a management executive with Ericsson.
With Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore topping the country's most gridlocked cities surveys, this wasn't surprising. Reports estimate that Delhi, with over six million vehicles plying on its roads, adds another 1,200 daily.
Gas prices have been rising steadily, and Delhi was recently ranked the world's most polluted city by a global survey.
Khanna finally decided that an alternative to such increasingly apocalyptic scenarios is to encourage a carpooling-friendly society, an economical as well as eco-friendly godsend to feel good about diminishing your carbon print.
He started Folksvagn, a networking service designed to provide a hassle-free medium for carpooling within one to three sq km of a person's location and destination.
Launched in 2012, Folksvagn is open to people working in the corporate sector. It finds and filters people travelling in the same direction and relies on a mandatory three-tier verification system for new users.
And, it offers the option of women-only carpool groups.
Text: Ritika Bhatia, Business Standard
Image courtesy: FolksVagn