Streets of Gurgaon
Finally. Gurgaon has come of age and joined the civilized world. What has begun few years ago with start of metro construction will be (nearly) accomplished tomorrow with introduction of a bus shuttle servis from Sikandarpur metro station to Cyber City. No biggie one would say, but when I reach back in my memory just three months ago I was struggling to catch any cycle rikshaw that would take me to my office. And what a ride it was! A real offroad experience! Now – with a whole fleet of shiny new rikshaws, some of which are even available on call, are equiped with GPS and … mobile chargers, a bunch of shared rickshaws plying regularly from and to metro for just about 10rs and now – an AC bus… Its a Revolution.
And only when I look at the faces of those dozens of cycle rikshaw wallahs who just a while ago were ripping me off 40rs for a short ride knowing I’m not in a position to bargain, since I have no other option, I feel sad. Their faces are desperate and so are they voices, when they are trying to catch attention of trespassers indiferrently passing by. They have their families in Bihar or Orissa, rent to pay, kids to send to school and most importantly – have to pay each month some 1500rs to their rickshaw lenders. What is my comfort and Haryana’s government’s ticket to pride, for many of them is their biggest nightmare come true. Anyway they were not making more than 2-3 thousand a month- barerly enough to buy enough food to get them calories for pulling their vehicles in the rain or scorching heat… Now many of them might not survive winter when their sole source of revenues suddenly dissappears.
The developement is a good thing and I’m definitely not saying metro or buses should not be enrolled to save some archaic job posts. But the responsible government should think of all its stakeholders if the growth is to be sustainable.
I will take a rick once in a while, no matter how uncomfy or expensive it will be. Thats my charity.