[Forked off from BMTC thread. Moderation takes time, so do be considerate and create new threads for off-topic stuff. Like you'll all listen, but still :) - Moderator]
SB, Thanks for bring the focus back on the crux of the matter. To me this thread is about how to better the system, as are most of the threads, but we just don't seem to get away from bombastic phrases and rhetoric which blindly support privatisation as 'the' cure and socialist incling as the worst ill. As this is a public forum, I hate to think of the impact it will have on the reader passing by if some tangential, irrelevant and out of context statements which do not represent reality were left unchallenged. Air India example is so useless for this debate - for goodness sake, look around and there are heaps of big and small private airways in trouble. Not once have those who support models with socialist tinge suggested there is not a problem in their current avtar, nor has anyone said there is no need for improving - if anything we are open and accept there are problems unlike this blind love for privatisation as answer to all ills when examples of poor accountablity / corruption / poor service in privatised sector abound around us (I mean the reference to private postal service in India - frankly its unregulated, disorganised and pathetic compared to Govt post - we are just too lazy to go to the post office and want someone to come pick the post from our doorstep). Please take this debate to another thread if it helps satisfy the need to deny reality around privatisation.
Further, every sector privatised in India, there have been pushes and pulls from private players who have great influence within the Govt / ruling politicians. How come they manage to get all over the place when it comes to building a sea link or a metro? Let us talk privatisation using TVS or Tata or someone else if they show any incling to being part of this business where clearly the returns are not as high or risks big. Why would Tata get involved in public transport which affects sales of Nano? Is there any player identified, if not its pointless waste of our energy which can be invested in improving the current system.
BEST or London or where ever, there are bound to be sour grapes. Considering the amount of corruption the average BEST passenger mat be exposed or participating in, the BEST manages fairly high standards on this one. BEST already is expanding its useage of smart cards, they now have one which can be used on central railway as well and soon WR will become compliant with this.
Yet, to minimise loss, random ticket checking is required (BEST also uses plain clothes checkers). If we try and hypothetically agree that like London, Indian cities target 1% of all bus users, how many TCs do we need. If one checks 2-4 tickets a miinute but needs to spend 30 minutes on average getting the culprits to pay fine and do paperwork relating to it - how many passengers will one TC manage to screen per day per shift, how many are needed in BMTC to get there?