IN PANJIM, DAILY COMMUTERS; ESPECIALLY THE WOMEN HAVE BEEN FACING A LOT OF TURBULENCE AND TURMOIL DUE TO THE NORMS BEING NOT FOLLOWED BY THE LOCAL BUSES. THE CONDUCTORS, ALSO HARASS THE WOMEN PASSENGERS, ON THE SHORT DISTANCE ROUTES DURING PEAK HOURS. THERE ARE NUMEROUS COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE ILL BEHAVIOUR OF THE BUS OPERATORS IN THE STATE BUT, NO STRICT ACTION HAS BEEN INITIATED AS OF YET.
The plight of daily passengers traveling in the local buses to their colleges, schools, workplaces etc. has only worsened over the years. The bus conductors do not have any sense of ethics and even human decency to follow the rules that are painted on the walls. Most women have to go through many horrid experiences in these buses, as the conductors wait until, people start clinging to each other’s bodies and the air is suffocating that one finds it a difficult time to breathe, and the buses are completely packed.
It is not that there are an insufficient number of buses, it is just the greed of carrying more passengers, and the Panjim traffic adds to the woes of the travelers. In the peak hours, the conductors push and abuse people while they are getting into the buses to fit in more people, even though there is a limit to carrying passengers in every bus that is clearly painted on the walls, It is understandable that there’s always a greed to earn more money. But, the very thought of not having the basic human decency; the consistent negligence for personal space, and the amount of time wasted filling up the buses is not only disturbing but even alarming, as the population is only growing, and it will only get worse with time, if stern action is not taken against the bus operators.
Most of the time the seats that are reserved, and are not occupied by the people it is reserved for. And it is not only the ladies seats that are unoccupied by the ladies, even the senior citizen seats are occupied by the youngsters in the presence of the senior citizens, and the senior citizens have to go through so much distress during their journey.
According to the Reports, The demand to regulate taxi fares has been raised, but each time, the government buckles under pressure from the operators who threaten to cease operations if any reform measures are suggested. If Uber and Ola cannot be granted business, why cannot our existing means of transport work like Uber and Ola?
Uber and Ola will never be granted business licenses in goal, as the opposition from all the local Taxi operators and politicians or so called law makers will never allow this to happen as they have settled a business of their own for years, that has been deep rooted in the system, and profitably corrupted from within and out. Around the time of the Goa Carnival in February 2014, there was a strike by local taxi operators in Goa and it was either extremely expensive to find another means of transport or draining by traveling in local buses, not to forget that all the creeps lurking around waiting for an opportunity to strike.
TEXT BY: YUTHEEKA PRASAD BORKAR