Protect the metro

The Metro is becoming a reality. The first leg is getting ready. The trial run has begun. The stations are getting ready. The foot over bridge is nearing completion at many stations. The stations have been named sensibly. The glass facade is being errected at many stations. The appearance is one of class and style that every Bangalorean can feel proud of whether or not he belongs to Karnataka.

Now comes the risk. Political groups and anti social elements who are used to damaging public property have another beautiful target. It is very essential that apart from the government and civic authorities, the average Bangalorean has to educate all concerned to protect the Metro establishments from any misuse or damage.

In public interest, well meaning Corporates and NGOs have to come foreward to educate the public and support the movement to protect Metro from any kind of vandalism. General public have to educated to keep the stations and trains clean sans any spitting and public nuisance of any sort. No hawkers and vendors should be permitted anywhere near the stations. No squatters should be encouraged.

Women, Children and the elderly should feel safe at any time of the day and night to use the Metro. The Metro authorities should encourage user-volunteers who can keep vigil on Metro facilities and report.

Political parties including regional and linguistic groups should take a loud pledge in public glare that they will at no cost target the Metro establishments and property for any reason to express their ire on any issue however strong the cause may be. This is very essential as we see Bangalore transforming into a world-class city.

I appeal to all concerned to express their solidarity to protect Namma Metro: trains, platforms, stairs, glass facade, neon signs, utilities et al.

1 Comment

  1. Sir,

    I appreciate the sincerity and concern with which you have written this post. However, I do need to point out one thing:

    I don’t think it’s right to prevent hawkers or vendors from operating near the stations. As long as there is some sort of system designed to prevent congestion, hawkers or vendors shouldn’t pose any problems and in fact, can provide vital services to daily commuters.

    I lived in Mumbai for sometime and one of the greatest assets of the local train system there is the access to all sorts of products ranging from daily provisions to umbrellas during the monsoon to breakfast items for a hurried morning commuter – all of which can be found near the train stations. I repeat, we need to ensure that sort of working system is put in place, but banning hawkers and vendors is not only adverse but also downright impractical.

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