Friday, October 11, 2013
Don't you dare to ban Chingchi !
There were hardly few Chingchi rickshaws on road today. Those who were, they were choked full. So I had to take an auto rickshaw because no buss go, where I go, and paid 80 Rs/-
Of course, it is too much for me. Chingchi in under my league, and when for the same route I just have to pay 10 to 15 Rs/-, why on this Earth, I pay 80 Rs/-
No, wonder Karachi has become a Chingchi city due to lack of public transport, but another reason is, it is cheap, safe and convenient for many______and I am talking about many normal, middle class Karachi people, like me who can't afford car with driver. We also have to travel, so we travel by it, and don't feel any shame.
So, yes, I don't give damn whether this mode of transportation is unsafe or creating problems in traffic's flow, damaging roads, or motorcycles in these rickshaws are stolen. These are not my problems.
All I know is that, it is one of the best transport (over here). Easily available, airy, convenient, safe and cheap. And I don't have to wait for the overly crowed buses, neither have to bargain with auto rickshaw's and taxi's drivers. Taxi and auto richsaw's fare are illegally high in my opinion. You gotta bargain with them for some 10 minutes before going anywhere. Sir, I don't have this much time.
It is good for short routes. Women and esp school going children use it conveniently and without any fear.
And before banning it, without thinking about passengers, and any suitable alternate for them, any one ever thought, where these drivers would go? This is called kesi ki rozi roti py laat marna. Do you know there are 15,000 to 20,000 Qingqi rickshaws in Karachi. Where will they go ?
Buses will become over burden once again, like they were.
And these allegation are from those(us) who don't even have a proper organized traffic system in such a big, maga, overly populated city. This is from where, where one just has to give 50 to 100 rupees to a traffic warden and get away where ever one wants.
Lets suppose they are using stolen motorbikes, don't you think it was concerned authority's responsibility to have a check on them from very first day. When this started, it was no issue, like they didn't know these bikes are stolen. Impossible, this is Karachi, OK. They knew it very well.
They knew they were without registration numbers and any proper driving licenses from the very first day but never took any action then, however, now outta blue, when it has become a part of our transport system and some people's livelihood, it hit them it is illegal, unsafe, and blah, blah.
The allegation that they are unsafe, creating problem in traffic's flow and damaging roads are also total rubbish.
Buses and other vehicles in Karachi are equally dangerous and unsafe. Tell me, is it OK to travel at the roof of the bus, or die in suffocation inside it?And who doesn't know the way our bus drivers drive. Bikes and care are no such different. The whole system is like that from the God knows how long. The roads have been in ruins since I was born. Traffic jam is every day's problem. Why not ban every vehicle? All problems will be solved.
And lets suppose they are only one who are causing problems, still, there must be some way to have certain routes for them , in which way they wouldn't create any problem for other "very good transport" of Karachi.
And despite the ban they are on roads. So, all the measures, traffic police took to ban it, proved epic fail.
If they are so eager to solve this problem, better to legislate it or introduce something reasonable, cheap, and convenient alternate for us. Bring out more buses, and control the auto rickshaw fares.They have to make bigger and better roads, introduce the light rail transit (LRT) system and enforce traffic laws. However, our government cannot think properly and, instead of solving issues, they impose unjustified bans.