The transport department and traffic police are mulling over reforms that could scale up the number of autorickshaws in the city from about 80,000 to 95,000. Simukltaneously, however, the Transport commissioner, Bhaskar Rao, himself states “The system has many anti-social elements. The common man is a victim. Currently, there’s no clear documentation to distinguish between drivers and owners - it’s difficult to catch them by issuing challans against auto drivers as most addresses provided by them are fake".
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So, for the small perceived benefit of greater supply to meet the increased demand, which itself is questionable, they want to let loose more of the 'anti-social' elements onto the citizens?
As a participant at the event pointed out, auto as a passenger transport vehicle belongs to the past century, and it's time a modernising city like Bangalore said good-bye to it. Enough has been said on the subject by Bangaloreans here, as also here (apart from more), including on the matter of the criminal nexus involved.
And, very much as RWA member, Mr N Mukunda, pointed out "With so many more autos traffic congestion could only get worse, not to forget the adverse impact on the environment. Not only will more autos lead to more congestion, it will also lead to more competition among auto drivers. Instead, we should look at other alternatives of public transport like a private player to take on BMTC".
Now, the Total Mall on Sarjapur road is operating a free shuttle service for its customers according to a published time schedule - check this. This very clearly indicates that the costs involved are very much mangeable if run efficiently, well within the capabilities of the organised private sector. In fact, a model is discussed here, which essentially caters to the demand which is currently not met by BMTC, and besides does not interest them. But, they and other vested interests involved do not want to let go their monopoly status, even when it is costing the city and the citizens dear. So, what is needed now is for the citizens to raise the demand to end this monopoly - join in the effort here.