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The pathetic condition of HRTC Taxis: Chalta hai?? Ab nahi chalega!! True that

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Highly ambitious schemes and services have always charmed localities and facilitated masses as well but after a certain time period, why does every amenity or service get infected by the “chalta hai” system?

The semi-urban environment of Shimla in the foothills of Himalayas may be known for peaceful living and days without stress, but this small yet famous town is getting crippled by the termites of lust for money.

Highly ambitious schemes and services have always charmed localities and facilitated masses as well but after a certain time period, why does every amenity or service get infected by the “chalta hai” system?

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To be specific, I would like to raise a point over the HRTC Taxi service initially started for senior citizens being provided by outsourcing to various taxi operators earning good amount of profit for the concerned department. In the initial couple of months, everything went butter smooth and cozy. Now a days the HRTC Taxi doesn’t look much different than an overcrowded private bus.

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Interiors are most of the times torn off exposing metallic knobs and sheets injuring the passengers. Two out of 4 doors have jammed locks and need to be opened from the outside. In case of an emergency, it is literally impossible to get out of the taxis in a jiffy to safeguard the life of all passengers.

These vehicles are surely not in a fit condition to run over crowded roads and carry more than 14 passengers at a time. I think the administration is waiting for yet another miss-hap to pay some heed to the matter and inspect the vehicles. The worst is that we the people of Shimla are kind of comfortable with this. I would like to make this appeal visible and bring the matter into light. So that the HRTC department notice this pathetic condition and work on it. HRTC department should know that providing such facilities is definitely a great idea but this service needs attention and maintenance as well.

Image and video:Sudheer Kumar
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