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Thursday, 28 January 2016
RIDING THE TURBULENT WAVE
One might bask in the glory of odd-even car experiment’s success in reducing
congestion on roads in Delhi, but it is hard to deny that our public transport
facilities and their management is right in the pits. I dread the possibility
that as a visitor, if I end up planning to go to a city with public transport
like Delhi’s, I would rather reconsider, and stay put at home. Government after
government, I see no willingness to redeem us from the clutches of autowallahs’
whims and fancies in Delhi.
single day of a professional’s work-life in Delhi includes a quota of time kept
aside to haggle with autowallahs. First of all, consider it a privilege if the
driver agrees to drop you at the destination of their choice. They usually ply
on routes convenient to them. Secondly, fare. This is the hardest stage of
overall negotiation. The fare that we end up paying for the distance we travel
throughout the day, if tabulated, would look like some local Robinhood’s
extortion sheet. Finally, comes the pleading with your driver to drop you
exactly where you want. If the distance is even five meters away from where
exactly your autowallah imagined it in his head, you will have to walk the
ENOUGH WITH THE RANT!!!
on to some constructive solution(s), or ‘the’ one that can be easily
a daily commuter, I would appreciate if autos as a means of transport are regulated
better. After metro ride, they are our last resort to travel the last mile to
our doorstep. We have already seen how well private players have regulated cabs
in almost all metropolitan cities of India. This model can be replicated for
autos as well, if government intervenes, and comes up with a plan to ensure
that autos are held accountable for not plying according to rules. In fact, a
GPS controlled system will make autos very reliable for commuters to take at
night, or odd hours. Considering how unsafe our cities are for women travelers,
a GPS-based system will put everyone under scanner, thus making travel safe and
easy, even to remote places.
a daily commuter, how I wish something is done soon enough to end this misery. AMEN! The author of this opinion article is Ms. Shivangi Singh Content Writer at PR Professionals