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To: Uddhav Thackeray, , Chief Minister, Maharashtra
Cities in Maharashtra need 'Lakh ko 50' buses, NOW!
1. Make provision of bus service mandatory for cities
2. Announce a financial package to get enough buses running
Why is this important?
We need more buses for our city!
We are college students, office goers, factory workers, domestic helps, service providers, school children, housewives, caregivers, . . . We rely on buses to get to work, school, office, factory. But the public bus system in our city is really bad. We are tired of waiting endlessly, traveling in a crowded uncomfortable bus, day in and day out. Some women think twice before accepting a job that’s far from home, worried about their safety in overcrowded buses. College girls feel the same. When we travel in buses we pollute less, occupy less road space and don’t add to the congestion on the roads.
We deserve a reliable, affordable, safe and comfortable bus ride.
Some of us travel using our own two-wheeler or car. We would like to, but we just can’t use the bus. It is not reliable, it takes too long, it’s too crowded and the routes are not convenient. There is no last-mile connectivity. Instead we end up spending a lot on our vehicles. Plus the stress of driving and the fear of being in an accident. I know it would be better for us and the city if we use a bus.
We want a reliable, affordable, safe and comfortable bus service.
Half the population of Maharashtra lives in cities. These are the cities that drive the economy of the state. We help to run this “economic engine”. But these cities are congested and polluted.
One of the reasons is that we just don’t have good public transport - starting with the number of buses.
They say a city should have at least 50 buses per lakh residents. “Lakh ko 50”. The sad situation in Maharashtra is shown in the video below.
We want you to strengthen public transport as a part of Mission Begin Again – make our bus commute comfortable, convenient, affordable and safe – help revive the economy and create healthy cities for healthy people.
We the urban residents of Maharashtra demand that the State take responsibility and action
· Make provision of bus service mandatory for cities
· Announce a financial package to get enough buses running