Wastage Of Fuel While Idling Your Vehicle; Govt. To Study Monetary Loss

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Have you ever wondered how much of fuel is wasted while you stop at a signal or an intersection on the road? Well, the government wants to study the financial loss due to idling from vehicles.

A study being carried out 'Evaluation of Economic Loss Due to idling of vehicles at Signalised Intersection and Mitigation Measures -- across cities in India which include Delhi.

The pilot project will start from Bhikaji Cama in Delhi from today. Mukti Advani, who is undertaking the study on the project for CSIR-CRRI, said, "The Bhikaji Cama Place intersection has an estimated traffic load of 2.5 lakh. We will conduct an awareness campaign asking people to switch off their engines if the wait is longer than 20 minutes."

"We will also estimate the fuel saving potential if engines are switched off when the traffic signal is red," added Advani.

He also said, "The awareness campaign will be on from August 4 to August 10 through the day. We will also distribute pamphlets on-site, through newspaper distributors, in parking areas, banners, boards, etc,"

The study will include a "before scenario" data which has already been collected on July 26, 2016, for 24 hours. The data for the study includes a survey of classified traffic volume count, switching off behavior, speed delay, and emission. The "after scenario" will be conducted this month.

"The awareness campaign will be on from August 4 to August 10 through the day. We will also distribute pamphlets on-site, through newspaper distributors, in parking areas, banners, boards, etc," Advani added.

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Story first published: Thursday, August 4, 2016, 11:47 [IST]
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