Saturday, July 14, 2007

Murder weapons of delhi back on the road

The Delhi govt has bowed to the blueline operators again. These are the same buses involved in rash drivings, tripping over and killing people and school kids. After the outcry over several cases in a row, the delhi police started enforcing law in proper way. The next thing you know is that all the blueline buses are on strike.

This is the respect of law in this country. The moment you try to force the law, we will hijack the basic services and disrupt the life of common public and force you to forget all the law and order. We will never tolerate the enforcement of law against us whatever happens. You can't make us follow these stupid laws of drivers license and vehicle insurance. Surprisingly, many people happily put life of their kids in hands of these law breaking drivers.

17 comments:

Sree's Views said...

The auto drivers in Chennai protest against 'pre-paid' services in the same way :(
I guess its the sad reality :(

amitscorpio said...

The horrifying part is that govt give in to this blatant unlawfulness!! How can you accept opposition of law enforcement itself.

Ankur said...

dude privatization of public transport is the oly solution..
tell me one thing when all taxi, autos and trucks are private... people do not make a hue and cry over it... then why single busses...

if somebody breaks the law... catch him and punish him... how tough is it? esp if the driving violation is done in open public?

amitscorpio said...

privatization is best solution but when was the last time when our politicians took the best decision for their voters. The bus operators provide support to politicians and then the union forms a good vote bank for them ... who is going to upset the vote bank in this politics.

Dude its not easy to punish the law breakers in India. That is what the policemen were doing when the blueline operators went on strike and the govt gave in and stopped the enforcement of traffic rules!!

Sree's Views said...

dude privatization of public transport is the oly solution..//
I doubt if private oprs can match the fare charged by govt. run buses in Chennai.

amitscorpio said...

@Sree: what do you think about competition driven free market and value added service?? allow private players in market and there will be fierce competition. then you will see the value added service. i wont mind shelling 1-2 rs extra for well cushioned ac bus.

Sree's Views said...

Amit..
Sorry for the delayed response.
I am sure private operators wld give better service and a more comfortable vehicle.
But what about the school kids and who use monthly passes ?

i wont mind shelling 1-2 rs extra for well cushioned ac bus. //
It can also operate independently for the affordable class.

amitscorpio said...

Monthly passes and kids passes can be provided by the private players too. Govt can make the private players play according to its need, as it has been doing in various different privatized sectors.

Nita said...

I was really shocked to hear about all those accidents in quick succession and the incident of road rage is also shocking. All these accidents happen due to reckless driving and unless we have a corruption free system which makes handing out licenses very difficult, this is not going to change. You can indict a driver but then he will get bail and get back on the roads. So even our law need to change...

Ankur said...

@amit....
my typical answer.... dude u r mixing things up....
the problem you r facing is that you r not able to nab the erring bus operators (but u claim that u can nab the erring auto/ taxi/ truck operators)
and the solution u r proposing is ban the entire service... thats like burning the house so that u get rid of the termite problem.

@sree....
i often have problems understanding ur logic....
the reason why everybody in small/big town needs to own a vehicle the day they start commuting is that there are not sufficient busses or public transport.... in bombay where this is not the case... the private vehicle ownership is proportionally less...
when u talk about public transport most people do not think if it costs then 5/- or 6/- to go to their destination... but how much time will it take... if the busses are not there or r not frequent... u happily pay 50/- in auto/petrol..

Ankur said...

launching of a private bus service does not mean the government will stop plying its busses... infact private busses will only add to the frequency and enable more and more people to use the bus service... instead of auto.... remember a bus occupies less space than what 40 private vehicles would occupy...

about fares... go to calcutta.. the private bus operates are fares that r cheeper than chennai levels...


@amit...
if u do not remove this word verification.. then i am going to stop commenting on ur blog...

amitscorpio said...

//the problem you r facing is that you r not able to nab the erring bus operators (but u claim that u can nab the erring auto/ taxi/ truck operators)//

Since the bus drivers are into the state machinery, its difficult for police to control them!! the moment police goes against them in full force they go off the road and govt again backs off. it takes a more determined govt to control these drivers!!
or if a private operator is allowed then it would be easier to control that.

Ankur said...

//if a private operator is allowed then it would be easier to control that.//
i thought u were against private bus operators

sree said...

Amit..almost all the ppl using buses in Chennai belong to the low income group .
//and kids passes can be provided by the private players too. Govt can make //
which prvt. operator wld come forward to serve just one particular section ?
even if they do it , its again a compromise.


Hey Ankur...
i often have problems understanding ur logic.... //
and its reciprocated !

the reason why everybody in small/big town needs to own a vehicle the day they start commuting is that there are not sufficient busses or public transport....//
only if they can afford it will they go for it..or they'd stick to the available public transport.

when u talk about public transport most people do not think if it costs then 5/- or 6/- to go to their destination... but how much time will it take...//
and the inconvienience associated with it.

if the busses are not there or r not frequent... u happily pay 50/- in auto/petrol.. //
do u know there exists a set of people who cannot afford even an occational auto ride but need to commute to earn their living?

amitscorpio said...

The competition improves the situation a lot, just look at the telecom sector. Now even auto rikhsaw wala and vegetable vendors have got mobiles. I am talking about giving a chance to competition. I am sure it would improve the condition of buses with lower fares. For kids, parents anyway pay a very hefty sum .... again it would be cheaper with the increased competition.

//i often have problems understanding ur logic.... //
There are very few people in this world to understand his logic, he would also vouch for that!!

Ankur said...

@sree & amit...
all ur arguments are valid.. and they only strengthen my reasoning... that people need public transport... which ply to more destinations and at higher frequency.....

hence if private operators can pinch in and help the government... there will be more busses in the road.. and hence people will be happier.

//There are very few people in this world to understand his logic, he would also vouch for that!!//
its sad, but true... and i am working on it

Chill said...

At least, your place banned these thugs for sometime... Chennai... Sigh