A fresh beginning

Wishful Thinking

A fresh beginning

As people bid farewell to 2014 and welcome a new year, they wish for a better tomorrow and hope that Bengaluru is known as the ‘Garden City’ once again.

They feel that the City has a number of civic and infrastructural issues and hope that these are dealt with better in the new year. Most people feel that the biggest issue bogging the City down at present is traffic.

Kshitiz, a professional who lives in Marathahalli, hopes that in 2015, commuting to various areas will no longer be a Herculean task. “Travelling to places like Whitefield and Electronic City takes a lot of time due to traffic. The Metro project should be completed for faster commute,” he says.

Hari, another professional, hopes that in 2015, the traffic is more organised and the roads are not always choc-a-block with vehicles. “Commuters should follow the rules and there should be more traffic cops on the road. This will lead to fewer accidents and better management of traffic.”  Kshitiz also thinks that the smaller roads and bylanes are poorly maintained when compared to the main roads, and hopes that the problem of potholes and ‘unscientific’ speed breakers that cause injuries to commuters and damage vehicles will be solved.

As he frequently travels by the bus to work, he says, “The government should increase the frequency and number of non-AC buses or decrease the fare of the AC ones.” Kshitiz also lists out some of the things he likes about the City like its cosmopolitan and ‘student-friendly’ culture and the thriving arts and theatre scene and says that there should be more public libraries here.

According to Hari, garbage is a big problem. He believes that people should segregate garbage and the salaries of ‘pourakarmikas’ should be increased.

Harshitha, a psychology student, feels that safety of women should be given more importance and enlists a number of precautionary measures that the government can take such as placing CCTV cameras in public transport, installing street lights on dark roads, employing women policemen and implementing strict punishments for eve-teasers.
Deepu, a final-year BBM student, feels that Bengaluru has a long way to go when it comes to education and healthcare.

“Our City has an ‘elite’ culture and mindset. It should cater to all sections of society rather than pinching the pockets of the poor and middle-class. Issues like poverty and child labour should be tackled with and for this, education has to come up in a big way.
The government should strictly implement the ‘Right To Education Act’, reduce the fees of private schools and improve the facilities of government schools.”

He feels that the problem doesn’t lie in the ‘lack of funds’ but the ‘lack of coordination’ among the different government bodies.

“The problems are being handled in a superficial way and I hope that in the coming year, the people in power understand the magnitude of the problems we face.”

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