Need of the hour: More public transport options
In the absence of proper intra-city transport facilities, commuters travelling to and from Delhi and other NCR towns often fall prey to the cabbie gangs operating in the city. Leena Dhankhar and Sunil Thapliyal report.india Updated: Mar 02, 2012 01:37 IST
In the absence of proper intra-city transport facilities, commuters travelling to and from Delhi and other NCR towns often fall prey to the cabbie gangs operating in the city.
These gangs rob passengers after offering them a lift in their cabs.
The Haryana Roadways has provided only 23 intra-city buses for 20 lakh people of the Millennium City.
At present, there are only 190 state-run buses, which ply on various routes across the state with a frequency of 30-35 minutes. According to police, the commuters who travel to and from neighbouring cities are more vulnerable of being targeted by such rogue cabbies as they do not find any other alternative to reach their destinations.
The police have also issued advisories for locals to avoid taking a lift in unknown vehicles.
“We are trying to make public more aware about the risks involved in taking a lift. We have asked the transport department to improve local transport services in the city,” said Maheshwar Dayal, DCP (crime), Gurgaon.
The Haryana Roadways is planning to introduce more buses for intra-city commute. But for many commuters, there is no hope of relief in the near future.
“The police have put hoardings at Iffco Chowk and other areas warning people against taking lift in unknown vehicles. But there is hardly any bus on city roads after 9 pm,” said Harish Kumar, a daily commuter.
Even the taxi and auto service in the city is not organised. “They charge exorbitant fares, which we cannot afford,” said another commuter.