Every morning while on my way to office..I wonder why Pune roads are always flooded with bikes,cars? Sometime back an email forward mentioned, Pune has maximum number of 2-wheelers in India…Looking at those 2-wheelers on roads, I feel the mail thing must be true 😀 😀 One basic question arises in my mind,Why everyone prefers taking their own vehicle to the work? Obviously because of the flexibility and Independence the vehicle gives us in terms of managing our times and poor local transporation available.
As per my experience in Mumbai,B’lore, life is much easier in this cities. You can travel to any two extreme ends in no time..may it be any time of the day/night /midnight. Which is not the case in Pune..here If I am leaving office say by 8pm in the eve which is obviously not very late,autowalas will not agree to come to my area and even if they are ready to come will demand Rs.20/40 extra than the meter fare..and let me tell you,it is very irritating to negotiate with them daily.
Other fact I have observed about Pune buses is that, in the peak hours, when majority people are waiting for bus at bus stop, the driver purposely will not halt the bus at the designated stop.There are only 2 possibilities either he will stop or he won’t 😉 So, people waiting at the bust stop has to wait for next bus and the saga continues till the time they get into a decent bus or opt for an auto etc.
The major factors in any place’s growth are its connectivity n infrastructure and Pune has long way to go on both the fronts. I feel the local transportation in Pune is the worst compared to any other major cities. There are very few local city buses on every route in Pune. If there were buses in good frequency on office route..I would have preferred bus travel daily. Poor bus frequency or NO buses at all makes autowala’s king in the area.
For records, Pune Auto driver’s are the most arrogant,hopeless people I have ever seen ( barring few exceptions ) more on them sometime later.
So,guys you must have understood,life in Pune is not really easy for those, who do not have their own vehicles or can not afford the one. I really wonder why can’t Pune transportation authorities act on this grave and basic problem ???
Its been long time since many major IT,automobile giants are established in Pune..Looking at the increasing population there has to be some plan in place to develop the facilities in systematic manner..which will make life easier for Mango (aam) janta !