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BMTC Vajra Re 1 promotional scheme after effects

Posted by Rahul Narula on September 17, 2008

The last I was really upset by the announcement by the government of the Re 1 ride on elite and luxurious Vajra buses in Bangalore. I could not understand the so called reasoning of promoting the vajra service so that more and more people could use the same. I feel this idea was a totally ridiculous one and would do more damage than any good to the Vajra service in Bangalore. Now after a few days that the promotional scheme is over (thankfully it was only for 3 days) news of it after effects are coming in and the after-effects of the horrendous decision by BMTC are coming to light. The buses seems to have taken a lot of pounding as a result of astronomical load on them during the 3 days leave alone the financial loss incurred by BMTC due to the promotion.

I really wonder how can by reducing the fare to Re. 1 BMTC will be able promote the service and more people will start using them. I feel that people who would have dared to give a try to the service on the promotional fare would have had a rather bad experience after traveling on them in the state the buses ran on the 3 days. As per data Vjara buses carried upto 97000 commuters than the normal 15000 daily during the promotion. How can one experience the real comfort of traveling these buses in such condition? I must say that only one time users would have had more fun riding them during these 3 days. Even normal users of the service would have shyied away from using them during the promotion period. So if that was what BMTC intended to do i.e giving a chance to all people who couldn’t afford these buses, then I must say that they have very well succeeded in doing so.

We all know how difficult it is to get something worthwhile in our country but now since we managed to get something good in our city the government and its authorities are making every effort to spoil them by promotions like these. There are various other means by promoting such services. Instead of improving the service I fail to understand how the fare of Re 1 was decided as per me a promotion offer of flat fare of Rs 10 was also good enough to attract more serious commuters. The fare of Rs 10 would have been good enough price for the people who were reluctant to use the service just on the basis of high fares though I personally differ to believe that only high fares is deterrent to the optimum use of Vajra service. By offering Re 1 the BMTC took a double blow by taking away commuters from regular non-Vajra service thus reducing the collection from regular services and also doing significant damage to the expensive Volvo buses.

I though believe that these uneducated decisions should not be taken by the government and some serious thoughts must be put before actually implementing such foolish promotions which does more damage than good to the city.


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BIAL : A bummer project

Posted by Rahul Narula on August 12, 2007

With each passing day I am getting more jitters as its 1 day less from the time when the all new Bangalore Airport will be ready. To be frank this is one project in Bangalore that for me should not be completed in a hurry. I might sound obstinately conservative but I have reasons to think that ways.

To begin with not so significant reason is the distance of the airport from the city. Since the airport is that far from the city it became the obvious responsibility of the planning body to think about the approachability of the airport. Though there is strict timelines for the airport itself and is doing well on the completion front, the connectivity of the airport from the city is always in news for all the wrong reasons. There is no concrete time frame eminent for the expressway connecting airport to the city. There have been imbecilic delays like acquiring land etc. I completely fail to understand what the authorities did in the project planing phase. For the uninformed the project was conceived in 1991. For me it seems the project plan covered only building a huge terminal buildings without worrying much about other infrastructure aspects.

The only people who would be waiting eagerly for the project to complete would be the auto and taxi services in the city. Though there is business is well flourishing in the city but they have much more appetite for exploiting the customers. I can easily forsee a taxi asking me Rs 1000/- for a drop from the new airport to my home on Bannerghatta Road. I would have no option but to succumb to his demand. I always try to bargain the best deal for airline tickets by booking well in advance and visiting various sites for any better deal they have to offer but I will have no way to bargain my intercity transfer. Somehow I am feeling too jealous of these auto, taxi service for their upcoming boom time. Reminded me of the boom in our very own IT sector. Now its gonna be their boom time.

A couple of days ago I was reading about the BWSSB showing their inability to provide required amount of water to the upcoming airport. The article in short sounded like a threat to the Bangaloreans about the regular water cut they have to face in case they are required to supply water to the airport. As if there were little problems that BWSSB came with their threating facts.

All this is the result of 16 years of planning for the airport. I wonder what would happened had it been planned for a shorter duration. I also wanna be fully convinced that the project is jinxed and want to be mean to hope that the airport project gets delayed like many other projects in Bangalore.

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