Bus service not effective
Readers feel authorities need to put detailed information of public transport on website, run buses both in periphery and in inner sectors of UT, decide on common permit for auto operators in tricity
Public transport should be commuter-oriented The public transport system in the tricity is aimless and has no pattern or motivation directed towards achieving commuters’ satisfaction and patronisation. To make the public transport system effective, efficient, economically viable and popularly patronised, the authorities at the helm should get out of their mindset and egoistic attitude and culture.
There is absolutely no coordination and collaboration among the three agencies i.e. the Haryana Roadways, Punjab Roadways and CTU. They are all operating in their watertight domains and do not like to budge from their arrogance and dogmatism to appreciate what is the actual need of the day. Only if the services are so oriented as to provide comfort and solace to the personnel of the three regions-- Panchkula, Chandigarh and Mohali--then and then only the public transport system can be recovered from its present ailing state and turned into a commuterfriendly, efficient, effective, economically viable and simultaneously, profitable system.
Group Captain SK Goswami (retd) Policymakers need to travel in buses Public transport system cannot be made foolproof while sitting in air-conditioned rooms. Unless the policy framers have the practical experience of travelling by public transport, problems of commuters as well as the staff of public transport, under which extenuating position they work, the transport system shall continue to experience ailment. To solve this gigantic issue, there is only one solution; those who are at the helms should travel by public transport to get the experience and every thing will be settled. Improve public transport system
SK Khosla In the absence of proper bus routes at several places people are forced to use personal vehicles. To make the system commuter-friendly, the transport authorities need to put detailed information of public transport services on their websites for the commuters’ convenience. Further, the top officials should review the condition of the buses from time to time.
Metro a practical solution Growing population and vehicles in the city has compelled the Chandigarh administration to implement the Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS). The administration has also been planning underpasses, removal of roundabouts, trams and other modes However, the metro rail is the most practical solution for Chandigarh. It will not only reduce rush on the roads, accidents and pollution but also minimise the consumption of several thousand liters of petrol and diesel every day. Further, the ‘city bus transport supply’ index is only 17.54 as against 20 for Trivandrum and 43 for Delhi. Recently, the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) is giving boost to the transport system and initiated a proposal and approved Rs 44 crore adding 80 more buses to the present fleet consisting of 102 low floors air-condition buses and 150 non-AC buses and facilitating 1.76 lakh passengers every day. Let us see because last year CTU failed miserably to utilise fund for the purchase of 86 buses under JNNURM scheme granted by the ministry of urban development.
Kulbhushan Kanwar Residents’ mindset coming in the way Public transport network in the tricity is hunky dory. There may be some shortcomings or deficiencies like missing of some trips due to shortage of buses with the CTU, lack of cleanliness, inhospitable behaviour of conductors and drivers and negligence in stopping and lifting the passengers at some stops etc, which can be rectified.
However, the main problem is that Chandigarhains suffer from false pride. They take it as their infra dig to travel by local bus. Every Tom–Dick and Harry wishes to travel by his own car. The public transport is being used by students, outsiders and elders, and by those commuters who cannot at all afford their own vehicles. Need of the hour is the change in attitude of the citizens to make use of public transport, which is already reeling under heavy loss.
Metro need of the hour The buses are the most convenient way of commuting for the people, but a lot of improvement is needed to make the public transport user friendly. The bus fares should not be more than Rs 5 or Rs 10. Even if the administration has to bear some revenue losses. The auto rickshaw drivers have been demanding unreasonably high fares, so to avoid that there must be a strict check to avoid inconvenience to people. For the future, Metro Rail is the only viable alternative to cope with the ever-increasing number of vehicles and to provide safe, fast and economical transport facility to the public. The Metro will take care of the transport requirements of the tricity and go a long way in helping maintain Chandigarh’s orderly appearance. Metro Rail will also help in reducing the consumption of petrol and diesel by several thousands of litres every day.
Dr Shruti K Chawla More buses shoud be introduced Haryana Roadways is not running any local bus from Panchkula to Chandigarh. As a result of this, passengers have to face a lot of inconvenience. All the local buses plying between Panchkula and Chandigarh start from Zirakpur and other nearby places. When these buses reach the Panchkula bus stand, they are generally occupied, especially in the morning between 7 am and 10 am. Passengers, mainly employees and students, have a tough time to board these buses. One can see a large number of such passengers waiting for local buses at the Panchkula bus stand. Trans ghaggar sectors are the worst affected ones because of poor bus services. Keeping in view the hardships being faced by the passengers of Panchkula, it is suggested that there should be at least 10-15 minutes’ bus service for Chandigarh originating from the Panchkula bus stand. Also, Haryana Roadways is not running any bus from Panchkula to PGI, GMCH-32, GMSH-16 and Panjab University, which are frequently visited places by number of people. To meet all these requirements, more buses need to be introduced to fulfill the needs of the residents. Vineet Kapoor Trained drivers should be hired 16-year-old Anupama’s tragic end at PGIMER has brought forward the fault in the public transport network in the tricity. It is also revealed that the drivers of many buses of Chandigarh are not trained enough. Many new buses have not even passed the test required. Out of 500 new buses only 40 have passed the test successfully.
A few steps should be taken immediately to avoid the same happening. At first, all the bus drivers should pass the test and should have a licence. Second, all the buses should be registered and drivers of the buses should close the doors of the bus. If any fault is found, the driver should immediately contact to the CTU officials. The new buses are quite longer than the regular buses, so the driver should be careful while driving it. In case any mishap the driver himself should help the commuters instead of running away. Lastly, the traffic police, who are doing their job efficiently, should specially check the driving of the buses.
Guryog Kaur Display proper time tables of buses I think the tricity has a well planned and efficient transport network with sufficient number of buses supported by good road infrastructure and well -coordinated by traffic personnel in every route of the tricity. One can find pros in the tricity transport network after comparing it with another city’s transport network like Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. I think that the only improvement needed to make it more commuters’ friendly is by placing a proper timetable display board on each and every bus stops. There is need to should and commuter friendly in order to avoid any ruckus.
Kunal Kumar Fix accountability The root of the problem is lack of accountability in the government system because most of the time we do not know whom and where we can complain and the authorities try to pass the buck. Transport department should have some e-mail id where public can register their complaints. Further, officials’ efficiency will improve, since concerned persons in the government departments will not be able to deny receipt of complaints from general public as generally they try to do.
Minoo Komal Drivers, conductors should be medically examined We can hardly see drivers and conductors wearing uniforms, drivers are allowed to operate with all possible weak and defective eyesight and even with serious ailment. Recently, a UT transport bus met with a serious accident killing an innocent girl and injuring passerby, hitting a few rickshaws because the driver had a serious attack of epilepsy. This is all due to administrative negligence. Why the periodical medical examination is not conducted of the drivers and the conductors? Why the administration is not ensuring that the drivers with serious visual and other ailments are not debarred from driving? It is not only the life of driver is, but also the life of other 55 persons is in the hand of a driver.
Besides, the attitude and behaviour of the drivers and conductors is far from satisfactory, they drive rash and dangerously and hardly observe traffic rules and road safety precautions. They drive rash and rough due to unwarranted protection from their unions, they block the traffic by jamming the roads and go on strike on some minor issues and never bothered for public inconvenience. To make the public system more effective, safe, com- muter’s friendly and efficient; first, the old, inefficient and defective busses must be discarded, the servicing, minor repairs must be out sourced to reduce the unwarranted burden, the unions and association must be dealt with a heavy hand, physical and medical test of the driver and conducted on annual basis and particularly, the eye sight of the driver must be checked to make him fit to drive.
Capt Amar Jeet Kumar SAS Nagar needs local bus service As the SAS Nagar is expanding there is growing need of public transport system. earlier, we had tried to introduce the local bus service in collaboration with PRTC but due to some circumstances the plan could not be initiated. However, there is a plan in the pipeline and we hope that it will be actualised soon. We have to start the entire process all over again and hope to get the bus service started soon. Effective transport is need of the hour and we are committed to provide on the residents of SAS Nagar.
Varun Roojam, Inter-sector connectivity missing SAS Nagar is being projected as a city of the future, but lacks an efficient transport system. Residents depend mainly on auto rickshaws, taxis and buses coming from Chandigarh. Even the CTU buses operating in the city have proved insufficient. Inter-sector transport connectivity is missing from here. Buses should ply across sectors so that residents can commute without any hassles. An effective public transport system based on CNG would ensure pollution-free city and save the residents from being fleeced by auto rickshaw.
Kanchan Gupta, Auto-rickshaws should have common permit Though the Panchkula city is connected with Kalka, Pinjore, Barwala, Morni and Raipur Rani with buses but it lacks local bus services and the option left is auto-rickshaws, who charged as they pleased. There are no fixed rates. The connectivity of Panchkula with Chandigarh and SAS Nagar can improve if we explore more link routes. Further, there should be a common permit for auto rickshaws running in the tricity.
Ramesh Kumar, Common permit to be finalised soon The UT administration is the nodal agency for finalising the proposal of having common permit for auto rickshaws plying in Chandigarh, Panchkula and SAS Nagar. It will be finalised soon.
RK Singh, Providing bus service in inner sectors important The major drawback of the public transport system of the city, especially of the administration-owned Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) is that commuters have to walk long distances before getting buses or autos. Despite being a planned city with planned road network, we have yet not devised the mechanism to provide public transport services both in the peripheral areas of the UT and in the inner pockets of sectors. This fact of not providing bus service in inner pockets of sectors discourages the residents to not to use public transport. Residents then use their own vehicles, especially cars, which ultimately lead to congestion on the city roads. Moreover, the mini buses should be introduced to provide bus services on the V5 roads, which pass through markets of sectors. These buses can also be introduced on the circular roads traversing all four blocks of each sector.
Harish C Sethi, UT to add 90 buses soon We want to increase the frequency of bus services across Chandigarh. For the same, the administration is all set to buy around 90 buses, which would be added to the existing fleet of local buses. Mini busses would also be procured in the same lot and we would certainly devise some mechanism to introduce these buses on the inner sector roads. Special focus would be given to strengthen the transport service in the peripheral areas. Besides, we are continuously introducing practices to make our staff more disciplined. Some conventional practices, like not to move bus until conductors gives the signal, are being revived to provide more disciplined and safe services to the city residents.
TPS Phoolka, Make public transport safe, affordable There is an emergent need to strengthen public transport system, which requires the application of a system of systems approach that unifies existing, diverse transportation modes and systems into a functioning whole, optimises their operations, and enables future capability growth to respond to national, regional, and local needs. Make public transport safe, convenient and affordable. Take care in selecting vehicles to minimise their impact on emissions.
Hema Dave, Need to introduce BRTS There is a need to introduce the Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) in the city; It will be difficult for the city to adopt the system because low-capacity transport mo-des such as cars occupy a substantial part of the road. Though the road network cannot be expanded much more, private vehicles are rapidly growing — at the rate of 1,000 vehicles a day. City managers need to realise that the only way to ensure urban mobility in the long run is if more and more people make trips using public transportation. Hence, in any future proposal, buses have to remain the major mode of transport. Further improving travel information and running a reliable and safe services are imperative.