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When will cycle rickshaw stop in India

I read somewhere

"Too many choices, too little time,
Who's gonna change the system.
If I don't do it, someone else will.
Time is money, both add up!
Business is civilized warfare!
Go for the kill! After all we are capitalists!
The end justifies the means."

I stumbledupon on the video, "Only in India" and was relating the passage above.

I worked in one of the top IT companies and was based in Noida. The city is well known for reputed IT companies.

When you look at Noida roads, you will see all soughts of vehicles plying on the road. I was appalled to see Cycle Rickshaw on the roads given the fact Noida is IT hub and not a remote village in UP.

The question that came to my mind, "How will you eliminate Cycle Rickshaw from Noida ?" The solution very simple.... but difficult to implement. What is alternate employment opportunities for Cycle Rickshaw puller and who will fund them ? Any thoughts .... how to find a solution ? please share them....

Another thing I noticed in Noida one foot high footpath along the road. So when you cross the zebra crossing, you have to climb the footpath !!!

The funniest was " Yahaan per Thanda beer milta hai" - You get cold beer here.


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Kavita Murugkar said…
hi. just stumbled across your blog. why do you want to stop cycle rickshaw pulling ? Isnt it a means of sustainable transportation. A lot of work is being done in designing battery powered cycle rickshaws and we should in fact encourage such means of transportation and reduce our dependence on petrol and diseal powered vehicles. your comments.
santoshputhran said…
Hi Abhijit,

The point is well noted. Cycle rickshaw is a sustainable mode of transport, so is horse / bullock cart.

However India is being promoted as an IT hub, the standards of living have to improve for everyone. Public transport in NCR region is driven by CNG powered vehicles. That a great progress. I have not yet heard any other city in the world that has achieved that distinction.

The point that I was trying to make itis often very difficult options available for the decision makers.

How do you manage change is what I was stressing on to make a sustained progress ? Will the solution be Education, Participation and Involvement, Facilitation and Support, Negotiation and Agreement, Manipulation and Co-option or Explicit and Implicit Coercion

Keep commenting.


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