The one family one car idea
Trust our netas to come up with shortcuts to cover for their failures. Just read about this suggestion from Transport Minister Mr Cheluvaraya Swamy that talks of one family one car rule to bring the traffic situation under control.
Can’t make the city safe for women in the nights, ban them working late nights. Cant manage this traffic, force people to abandon vehicles. What is next I wonder. Don’t have enough schools in the city, make kids stay at home? Don’t have enough water, force people to wash clothes only once a week? Don’t have enough jobs, allow only one worker per family? Hold on, I am getting worked up now.
Yes sir, the underlying thought behind the idea is good – somehow, you must discourage use of private transport. Your ideas on encouraging public transportation and car pooling are good. But please, don’t try these draconian measures. Last I checked, we still lived in India, not China! Instead, first work aggressively on public transport or your car-pooling idea. And then, perhaps gradually discourage purchase of cars by increasing vehicle registration taxes via a public-transport cess?
Sir, you solve our traffic woes by walking the talk on your 10 point program, or by fast tracking your BTRAC project. You make things better by managing the unruly drivers via enforcement, because I think we have enough roads for the cars and buses we have today. You manage traffic by encouraging people to spread out by fast tracking Satellite town concepts and crawling projects like the BMIC. You make city’s growth manageable by allowing large commercial and residential projects to come up only after you make sure you can create adequate amount of infrastructure (roads, water, power etc) for the new jobs and new residents.
Moreover, why are the ministers coming up with ideas? Their job is to listen to people, execute on good ideas and help enforce the law. Traffic management ideas better be coming from Transportation engineers or experts, certainly not the ministers.
BTW, honorable Transport Minister Mr Cheluvaraya Swamy himself has two cars. He justifies that by saying that since he travels a lot on work, he needs one for himself and one for the family.