Meter Jam… what a liberating experience

Yay! I participated in the "Meter Jam" initiative today. And let me tell you, our freedom fighters must have had very similar emotions to what I am feeling right now when we achieved Independance… its soooo liberating!

For those of you who dont know what Meter Jam is, its an initiative taken by Bangaloreans to avoid commuting by autorickshaws today. Why you ask? Because autorickshaw drivers in Bangalore are akin to the Britishers in the 1900’s. They believe they rule the roads of Bangalore, are tyrannical,rude and think that they can quote any fare they like and the commuter has no option but to pay it.

Yes, there are many auto guys who are polite, take you to where you want to go and not charge extra- but believe me they are a minority. Of Course, Bangalore auto drivers are nothing compared to Chennai auto drivers. However, for those living in Bangalore, travelling by an auto can be a nightmare on most days. To add to that, the auto fares have been hiked and its almost impossible to take an auto to work everyday, if unfortunately, you cant avail of office transport.

To come to the point, Bangaloreans decided that enough is enough! Today we will not be subjected to the tyranny of auto drivers and will take a bus or other forms of transport. BMTC too came out in strong support and decided to ply more buses to take the commuters to their destinations.

Whether this initiative is a success or not remains to be seen tomorrow, however, I can tell you that the experience was very good. I didnt have to wait for more than 5 minutes for a bus, the buses were fairly less crowded, conductors were polite and we reached our destination in no time- probably because there were so many lesser auto rickshaws lying on the roads.

Meter Jam zindabad! Taanashaahi nahi chalegi!


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