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Pinarayi Vijayan Launches G-Ride, Says Disruption Key To Progress

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said that his Government will accelerate deployment of disruptive digital resources in development initiatives and also in addressing challenges facing people. He said this while 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

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said that his Government will accelerate deployment of disruptive digital resources in development initiatives and also in addressing challenges facing people. He said this while 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, here the other day.

‘‘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,’’ Pinarayi Vijayan said in his speech.

G-Ride automatically matches co-workers and neighbours, 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 per cent 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 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 M Sivasankar IAS, Principle Secretary, IT, Government of Kerala. “The target is to bring down the use of vehicles by half,” said Hrishikesh Nair, Chief Executive Officer, IT Parks Kerala.

Alexander Varghese, Vice-Chairman, GTech; Vijay Kumar P, Secretary, GTech; Renjith Ramanujam, CEO and representatives of the industry were present at the ceremony held at Cliff House, the official residence of the Chief Minister.

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