We Have been Traveling in a ‘Poultry Truck’ Since A While Now, And It Needs Immediate Attention.
Ravi: Mom, I must go, or I will be late. I must catch the metro. On time.
Mom: Metro! Metro! Metro! That is the only thing left in your life.
Even if Ravi’s mom is fed up with the metro, we still need to admit the fact that metro is something that has become an integral part of our day to day lives. People commute through metro and travel from one corner of the city to the other with their family, friends, and mostly, all by themselves. People have made metro stations landmarks for informing their companions of their whereabouts and these stations act as common meeting points for many of our local tourists.
Metro has definitely made our lives easier by connecting the city and even bringing up certain names on the map that many people would not have heard of.
Commuting in a metro is no less than a Herculean task and only the species that can actually adjust to such settings can survive.
If you have never traveled in a metro, then I’m sure you imagine the coaches of the metro to have people sitting and talking or looking in their cellphones peacefully and comfortably. You are pretty close to the actual picture. You just need to add a few, oh sorry, ‘lots’ of people sitting and standing here and there. Lots of people standing across the entire coach with some sticking to the door, some sitting on the floors and some standing at your heads hoping you will vacate your seat.
It would be totally fair to compare it to a poultry truck carrying lots and lots of hens!
There is no fault in a person asking for a seat (when he or she is probably sick) but it certainly feels so bad to give a seat that you totally acquired by luck and sometimes by asking people to shift to make space for you.
The metro was established with the idea of distributing the people over different public modes of transportation and reducing the crowd in a specific mode of transportation. But it ended up achieving the opposite. The crowd may have reduced in the other modes but has significantly increased in the metro.
One Of The Best
Metro is certainly one of the best modes of traveling as it has the best facilities among the other means of transport. People are greeted with refreshing AC air as soon as they enter one of the coaches in the scorching heat. Metros have neat tracks as well as stations too. Most people find it convenient to travel in the metro as it is quite affordable for traveling large distances with decent facilities.
But, it becomes extremely difficult to travel on weekdays especially during the office hours. It gets very clumsy at times when people are not able to breathe, and it is certainly a nightmare for a person suffering from claustrophobia. *damn*
There are some ways I can suggest which would make it convenient for people to travel in the metro:
I would like to suggest that more metro tracks along with more metros running back and forth from a specific place should be introduced. In areas where the crowd is more, more metros should be introduced and run in frequent intervals so that people can still leave a metro or two and hop in next one.
2)Limit to the boarding capacity of people in a specific coach:
There should be decent capacity for people boarding a specific coach. The people should be equally distributed in all coaches and should be informed about the empty coaches.
3)Upgrading the other modes of Transportation:
People should be able to travel conveniently in other modes as well just like the metro. The facilities provided by the other means should be upgraded and should be regulated properly to make the journey of commuters easy and safe.
Traveling in the metro is certainly a great experience and this article was not meant to stop you from traveling in it. But, this was to make you realize that there are some changes that need to be made and we can surely help bring the change by raising our voice.
Author: Priyal Sobti
My name is Priyal Sobti. I am pursuing computer science engineering from Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Engineering, Delhi. My hobbies include listening to music and reading mystery novels.The secret to success lies in your mind. You become what you think. So, think positive.