Students now prefer to travel in buses, trains
A few months ago, Rohit Abraham, a computer science student at St Francis Institute of Technology, Borivli, would have scoffed at the idea of walking to college.mumbai Updated: Oct 17, 2012 01:29 IST
A few months ago, Rohit Abraham, a computer science student at St Francis Institute of Technology, Borivli, would have scoffed at the idea of walking to college. Perennially late, he would jump into an autorickshaw and rush for his 9am lecture.
Since last Thursday, the 20-year-old wakes up an hour earlier because he walks to college. The fare hike has increased the cost of his commute by Rs. 200 a month. “It is no longer feasible to take an autorickshaw. The unions keep hiking the fares, but our pocket money does not increase proportionally. I have started walking to college,” he said.
Several students have started taking a bus or even cycling to their schools and colleges.
Chembur resident Veda Ramaswamy, a post-graduate student at Xavier Institute of Communications, Dhobi Talao, said she now walks the 15-minute stretch from the station to her home. “For me, that hike in minimum fare does not mean an increase by Rs3, but by Rs6 since I commute by auto twice a day,” she said.
Alroy Chettiar, a class 10 student of Holy Family high School, Andheri, also tried cycling for a few days, but said he preferred taking a BEST bus. “I don’t like attending classes all sweaty from cycling. So, I have started travelling by bus,” said Chettiar, who is planning to buy a bus-pass soon.
Trains aren’t far off in the list of alternative transport either. Shankar Menon, a third-year mass media student of SIES, Nerul, said he takes the train even if he is running late.
A resident of Koparkhairane, Menon would earlier take an auto from his home to Nerul.
“I used to pay around Rs. 60, which was also a lot because the auto driver never used the meter. But now, they don’t demand Rs. 100. Even, the BEST buses hiked their fares. I don’t know how students will manage with their limited pocket money,” he said.