Category Archives: Public transport

A seat belt is the difference between life and death. Buckle up.

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Eliminating the inconvenience caused due to poorly scheduled road repair work.

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A lot of roads in Mumbai have been in very bad shape and the only thing worse than them is the repair work undertaken for the same by the BMC moving at snails pace and causing inconvenience to everyone. Often the road repair work isn’t optimally scheduled causing unending jams and inconvenience to commuters and road users. In some cases, work that be completed quickly if done at a stretch is distributed over  a number of days. With the BMC planning a mega block for road repairs on the lines of ones undertaken by Railways, the matters are only expected to get worse.

Ideally repair work should be scheduled at non peak hours or during the time of the day when the vehicular flow  is minimum. When limited amount of work is involved, road repair should be taken up at night time to ensure smooth completion and least inconvenience to the citizens and road users. If a substantial amount of work is to be done, it should be done round the clock at a stretch rather than distributing the same over longer intervals.

We are taking up the issue with the government authorities and the law enforcement agencies directly and also shall request media to help create awareness and pressure on the authorities. We look forward to your suggestion and support to take up better governance.

You can send your suggestions to info@theroadtochange.org.in

Tackling errant auto and taxi drivers refusing to ply.

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The public transport service is for the benefit of the people, this aspect is totally lost sight of by regulatory authorities and the service provider unions. Though periodic crackdowns  by the traffic police and the RTO against errant taxi and rickshaw drivers who refuse to ply are commendable and a step in the right direction, a more holistic approach is required to solve this issue effectively. We do endorse the present action however, it is important to have a balanced view in the interest of public and the people who are affected and connected to the service

Our suggestion is as under

  1. The taxis and rickshaws should never refuse
  2. Authorities need to be very strict against offenders
  3. Providing each vehicle (taxis and auto rickshaws) an identification card mentioning the working time and lunch/break times explicitly. This card should always be present in the vehicle.
  4. It is equally important that specific regulations are framed for compliance taking care of all the stakeholders.

We are taking up the issue with the government authorities and the service provider unions directly and also shall request media to help create awareness and pressure on the authorities.
We look forward to your suggestion and support to take up better governance for stopping such incidents.

You can send your suggestions to info@theroadtochange.org.in or provide them in this google form https://docs.google.com/a/theroadtochange.org.in/forms/d/1yB1jHwcdYuMUcCBn7si2XWucaDYRm9AeGb7o4_aknxI/viewform