Alternate day commute by own vehicle
Irrespective of whether it is good or bad, makes sense or not, the one thing that is appreciative about this system is that it is an idea. Yes, finally the people who matter & need to work on the traffic conditions of the city are actually thinking & coming up with ideas. The administration may come up with numerous roads, ring roads, flyovers, underpasses etc but if the traffic on the road is going to keep increasing then all these improvements make little difference. Hence the idea of cutting out some traffic on the city roads as a rule makes sense. But can a ditto copy of the parking system (odd days parking on one side of the road & even days parking on the other side of the road) with respect to cutting out traffic work?
What is proposed is that on a certain day a vehicle which has an even registration number will ply & on another day vehicles that have an odd registration number could be taken out from the garages & used.
Pros – Yes it will drastically cut out traffic on the roads. The roads will be freer & we could all breathe less polluted air.
Cons – How does one who is presently using his/her vehicle daily to commute to office or to the market or to drop his kid of to school go around doing this on a day he cant take his vehicle out? The public transport is definitely not reliable & comfortable.
Are there enough arrangements made to improve the public transport? How is this likely to be enforced? Of the thousands of vehicles on the road, will the cops positioned at strategic locations like turnings, or spots where the traffic is moving at a slow pace stop only those vehicles that they can see with their naked eye?
Let us understand one thing about city traffic, not just Bangalore’s but any city for that matter. Going around the city is basically as simple as living one’s life. One has to go out of the house or the office to do stuff. Live. How does one do that? Walk or take transport. If the city has excellent public transport facility & is promoted & positioned as cost effective, time saving, safe & comfortable then that in itself solves half the problem that we have on our hands.
It’s about time that a city like Bangalore gets some private participation in a big way to improve the public transport of the city. This will bring in multiple changes & improvements. The introduction & mass acceptance of the Volvo bus despite its high costs only suggest that what people want is a good, reliable & comfortable transport & if they have to pay a slight premium for it, so be it.
The odd-even alternate day vehicle usage system is flawed at its very core. Without giving an alternative way of commuting to the people this system will be meaningless.
But the thought that the traffic on the roads needs to be cut down is appreciative, only the method needs to be rethought.