Commute

When the first rains lashed Mumbai in the last week of June, the Andheri subway was flooded, waterlogged and completely shut. This is the best alternative to the now-closed Gopal Krishna Gokhale bridge for East-West connectivity. Gokhale bridge closed last year after it was found to be structurally weak. "Difficulties have multiplied, because of the delay in construction of the Gokhale bridge. It creates havoc in Vile parle, Andheri and Jogeshwari because of the unending traffic snarls, says Vinod Cherian, a daily commuter.  The Gokhale bridge, which closed in November 2022, was supposed to open, at least partially by May…

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The last phase of the Byappanahalli-KR Puram metro line is slated to be completed by the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) mid-July or August. The Kengeri-Byappanahalli corridor will be connected to the Whitefield-KR Puram stretch. According to media reports, the ridership on the Whitefield-KR Puram stretch is about 28,000 passengers a day, and once the Purple Line is completed, the numbers are expected to rise significantly and travel time will be reduced too. All stakeholders, BMRCL, BMTC, Auto Unions, BTP, company associations like ORRCA, NASSCOM, and civil society groups, are being asked to get working together to get commuters…

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Joseph and Mariyam lost their only daughter Nivi to a speeding car that hit her on OMR a couple of years ago.  "Road accidents due to speeding vehicles are prevalent in OMR and ECR. What we do not understand is why the government has not taken any measures to regulate speeding vehicles. How many more lives should we lose before we find a solution to the issue," asks Joseph. In a bid to address this problem, the Greater Chennai Traffic Police (GCTP) recently came up with a plan to enforce speed limits in Chennai. Speed radar guns will be used…

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Two years ago, a trip to their village turned tragic for the Shettys after they reached Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) at Bengaluru to board an IndiGo flight. Chandra Shetty, 60, collapsed to the floor soon after check-in. As he was lying unconscious, his wife and daughter sought help from the IndiGo ground staff to bring a wheelchair so that he could be rushed to a hospital, but they claimed that the airline staff failed to assist them in time and his condition deteriorated. The family alleged that due to the airline’s negligence, the golden hour passed without medical attention. Chandra…

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“When travelling by the local train, sometimes we hear loud and long train horns followed by an announcement stating - on duty stretcher personnel please report to the station master's office - this indicates that something unpleasant has happened and the injured will be attended by the concerned trained railway staff,” says Vidya K, a regular commuter of the Mumbai local trains. The bustling railway platforms of the Mumbai suburban railway system bear witness to numerous incidents of medical emergencies. With a vast number of commuters using the local train network, some or the other health crises are common on…

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On April 25th, commuters, residing along Kanakapura Road (KPR) between the Outer Ring Road (ORR) and NICE road junction, were in for a rude shock while traveling to their offices inside the city. The traffic police closed the right turn from KPR to ORR at Sarakki signal. Commuters had to go straight towards BSK TTMC, drive through BSK vegetable market, and take a right turn into 9th Cross, in front of SNN Raj Spiritua to go towards Jayadeva/Silk Board/BG Road. This change in route increased travel time by 20 minutes; 60% of the traffic on KPR, which used to take…

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Kavitha and Jyothi are domestic workers from Tamil Nadu who have been living in North Bengaluru for two decades, raised families here, and speak Kannada fluently. However, only Jyothi can access the free bus scheme. Kavitha doesn’t have an Aadhar card with a Karnataka address. The Congress government’s free bus scheme, Shakti, is highly popular and has been lauded across the media. But the benefits of the scheme will not reach all women. Migrant women in the state who are not domiciled, will be left out of it. Free bus travel has opened up the city for women, say activists.…

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On June 11th, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah boarded a BMTC bus, turned conductor for a few minutes, and issued the first free tickets to women passengers as part of the Shakti scheme. Free bus travel is one of the five guarantees of the newly formed Congress government and the first to be fulfilled. While the scheme has been appreciated by many women, several issues need to be resolved to sustain it in the long term, according to public transport advocates. Launch of the Shakti scheme. Pic: Twitter/BMTC_Bengaluru Bengaluru Bus Prayanikara Vedike (BBPV), a group lobbying for better bus service in the…

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"If I have to come from Alandur to Koyambedu by road, it takes me over 50 minutes. But, if I take the Metro in Chennai, it hardly takes me 12 to 15 minutes, including the wait time for the train," says Shankar, a regular commuter on the Chennai Metro. Clearly, for people like Shankar, the Metro has spelt significant easing of commute. With work on Phase II underway in many parts of the city, it is only likely that more passengers will embrace this mode of transport in the days to come. The upcoming lines will link the IT corridor,…

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Translated by Aruna Natarajan "வெப்பமான நாட்களில் MTC பேருந்துக்காக காத்திருக்கவேண்டிய அவகாசம் என்னை ஆட்டோவைப் பயன்படுத்தத் தூண்டுகிறது" என்கிறார் எம் பிரியங்கா. “கே.கே.நகரில் இருந்து மயிலாப்பூரில் உள்ள எனது அலுவலகத்திற்கு செல்ல 12ஜி பேருந்தில் செல்கிறேன். நான் பஸ் ஏறும் இடத்தில் கே.கே.நகர் முனுசாமி சாலையில் பஸ் நிழற்குடை இல்லை. நிறுத்தத்தைச் சுற்றியுள்ள மரங்கள் வெட்டப்பட்டன. அவை மீண்டும் நடப்படவில்லை. பேருந்துகளுக்கான காத்திருப்பு வெயிலால் மிகவும் கடினமாக உள்ளதால் நான் ஆட்டோக்களை பயன்படுத்துகிறேன்." மாநில அரசு பெண்களுக்கு பேருந்து போக்குவரத்து இலவசமாக்கப்பட்டதனால் MTC பேருந்தில் பயணிக்க பிரியங்கா பணம் ஏதும் கொடுக்கத் தேவையில்லை. இருப்பினும், அவள் இப்போது போக்குவரத்துக்கு ஒரு நாளைக்கு 500 ரூபாய் செலவு செய்யும் நிலை உள்ளது. "எனது வருமானத்தில் மூன்றில் ஒரு பங்கு பயணத்திற்காக செலவிடப்படுகிறது," என்று அவர் கூறுகிறார். சென்னையின் பொதுப் போக்குவரத்து மற்றும் அது தொடர்பான உள்கட்டமைப்பு ஆகியவை வெப்பநிலை கடுமையாக இருக்கும்போது அல்லது மழை அதிகமாக பயணிகள் பயன்படுத்த…

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