Sunday, January 13, 2008


Made a trip to South Bombay from my abode in the suburbs . The trip took 2 hours each way . Total 4 hours on the road . Thankfully I do this type of a trip once in few months . There are folks in Bombay for whom a 3-4 hour commute (by car or any means of transport ) is unavoidable . The sheer man hours across the planet lost stuck in traffic is mind boggling .
Expanding and seriously revamping the public transport system in Bombay (and every other part of India ) would go a long way in easing the traffic conditions and improving the 'quality of life' of it's residents . In the Indian context the public transport in Bombay is considered to be one of the best . But as the saying goes ' in the land of the blind the one-eyed is king ' .
Video conferencing is marketed as an alternative to travel . This is now valid for intra-city travel too . It seems easier (and faster !) to travel to other cities and countries than to commute within Bombay.

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