Things to consider before asking BMTC to stop fare hike

Before thinking about opposing BMTC's price hike and other issues, commuters need to ask themselves a few questions. There are many things to be considered, by the activists. Here are some.

There’s a lot of talk about Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation’s efficiency, price increase and making data-based decisions. People are asking the BMTC to stop fare hike. Before getting emotional about it all, let us go through the following points.

Do we want to run BMTC as public sector transport organisation generating profit/Return on Investment (ROI) and to grow the network specifically focused on profits?

Do we want to run BMTC as an employment-oriented social responsibility organisation to the public at large irrespective of its income/expenditure status?

Do we want to run BMTC as a social responsibility for every citizen (Indian or foreign) to take him from his own residence to where ever he/she wants to go at the lowest cost and fastest way?

Do we think a third party (not from India and should not have any subsidiary) as an auditor to look into scheduling, fare fixing, fleet maintenance, and administration and submit a report to the media without showing it to the ruling mafia of BMTC and the Government knows about it?

Do we agree to conduct a “life-cycle cost” per passenger/km based on existing input cost, like fuel, spare parts, lubricants, tires, manpower , taking in to consideration –

  1. Economical life of a BUS in years/km
  2. Distance covered per day and number of days the bus was in operation
  3. Specific fuel consumption v/s actual fuel consumption
  4. Tire life in km and sticking to the expiry date
  5. Life of brake components
  6. Accident damage to property, compensation paid
  7. Participation of bus manufacturer’s experts in getting maximum life out of components
  8. Making Bus Suppliers responsible to train the drivers free of cost to BMTC ( if a person found “untrainable” he should be sacked from BMTC.

Can we agree to find a formula to determine the change in fare per passenger/km as directly connected to the cost of fuel? Or other inputs?

Can we get the data of distance run by the bus before its engine, clutch, transmission, brakes, and suspension components (make and modelwise) are repaired or replaced to co-relate to world standards (ok forget it, that is asking for the moon ) Indian standards?

Like we look after our health, do BMTC have an insurance plan for its fleet, if so what are the risks covered and not covered? Do they analyze the “drained engine and gearbox oil” samples to determine the wear and tear standards and find what is wrong?

Can a third party (outside India) conduct a “driving test” and a face to face interview to understand the quality level of its employees ie; Drivers, Conductors, Inspectors, Depot Manager’s and of course the Chairman of BMTC and the Transport Commissioner?

My last question is for the commuters. Do we follow the rules of boarding and exiting of a bus? Do we behave like responsible citizens and carry enough coins or currency to tender the exact fare? Do we follow a queue system while boarding and exiting? Do we buy tickets? Do we jump off at red signals though we know that a vehicle can charge from the left and run you over? Do we leave the seats for women or disabled even if it is not written?

Can anybody please answer these questions/ queries / before we decide the treatment to the ailing patient called BMTC?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Similar Story

Lok Sabha 2024: Know your MP — Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma, West Delhi

Parvesh Verma, who is the son of former Delhi chief minister Sahib Singh Verma, has made rapid progress in the BJP in past decade.

Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma is the incumbent MP for West Delhi Lok Sabha Constituency. He is a member of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and has won from West Delhi twice, in 2014 and 2019. Parvesh Verma is one of the many rising young stars in the BJP, who got elected in 2014 at the age of 36. He is the son of the former chief minister of Delhi, Sahib Singh Verma. He also served as an MLA, getting elected from Mehrauli in 2013. With the rise of Narendra Modi and the advent of AAP in Delhi, Verma got elected…

Similar Story

Lok Sabha 2024: Know your MP – Manoj Kumar Tiwari, North East Delhi

Former Bhojpuri actor Manoj Kumar Tiwari has represented the North East Delhi constituency for two consecutive terms. A look at his last tenure

Manoj Kumar Tiwari is a two-time Lok Sabha member representing the North East Delhi constituency. He was an actor-singer in the Bhojpuri film industry. He began his political career with the Samajwadi Party; he contested and lost the 2009 Lok Sabha election from Gorakhpur constituency in Uttar Pradesh. He then joined the BJP in 2013, contesting the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha elections from North East Delhi Constituency, and emerging victorious in both.   Read more: Lok Sabha 2024: A people’s manifesto for urban areas In 2019, Tiwari got 53.9% of the 16,35,204 votes cast in the constituency, which was 25%…