Thursday, December 20, 2007

an appeal to start private bus service for college students

Among the several issues Jaagar has taken up consistently is that of the worsening traffic situation in this metropolis। Are you aware that about 600 new vehicles keep pouring into the city every day adding to an estimated 19 lakh two-wheelers, three-wheelers and four-wheelers that crowd our streets! The result? Traffic jams, congestion, air air pollution, delays, indiscreet speeding, indiscipline, accidents, road rage. To put it all in one word, CHAOS! Ironically, all forty lakh-plus inhabitants of this city have become contributors to, and victims of this self-inflicted tragedy. Do you honestly believe, your community is an exception?

What is the way out? The citizens of Pune-Pimpri-Chinchwad, through Jaagar, have been relentlessly pursuing the need to strengthen our public transport because that is the only sustainable solution to the problem. A drastically improved civic bus service and a metro rail, among other modes, will be the key elements of this integrated solution. But obviously, all this will take some time to fructify. Are we going to keep suffering till the civic body and the government get their act together? Are we going to keep adding to our own woes till then? Aren't we going to volunteer some action that would ease our own problems?
Two weeks ago, an open appeal was made through this column to heads of all educational institutes in Pune-Pimpri-Chinchwad to start a (private) bus service to transport their students to and from the college every day। This would help improve the road situation even while making life easier for the students themselves because they would not be required to commute on their personal vehicles, it was pointed out. More importantly, it would set an excellent example for all business and other establishments in the city where people assemble in large numbers for studies or work everyday.

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