On Saturday, Transport Minister Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, about to get into his official government car and start his day, changed his mind and got into a black-and-yellow taxi.
He also urged his staffers to use public transport. Inside the taxi, he noted some problems, which he forwarded to Mumbai Taxi Union General Secretary A.L. Quadros.
“The taxi didn’t have a permit number displayed on the vehicle, and the driver wasn’t wearing his badge,” Vikhe-Patil said.
He got off opposite Wilson College, then boarded an air-conditioned Kinglong bus. Inside, he first sat on a seat meant for the physically challenged, then one for women. He moved to a seat at the rear only when officials and the media pointed it out to him.
“The seat meant for the physically challenged is at a height and could cause discomfort to the passenger,” he told a BEST official.
After a half hour trip, he alighted at Bandra (E) on the Western Express highway, took another black-and-yellow and headed for the Transport Commissioner’s office.